Giant City Nature Trail

Union County, Illinois

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Giant City Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Union County, Illinois. It is a mile long and begins at 568 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 709 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Distance: mi Elevation: ft
Giant City Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Union County, Illinois. It is a mile long and begins at 568 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 709 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Union County
Distance: 1.0
Elevation Gain: 709 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 568 feet
Top Elevation: 707 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Giant City Nature Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 568/707 ft
Elevation Start/End: 568/568 ft

Giant City Nature Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Giant City Nature Trail is a f avorite for regular visitors to Giant City State Park. Located near the D evils Standtable, an amazing r ock formation, the natur e trail is perfect for wildlife viewing, photography, and exploring. Nearby picnic areas make for a full day of outdoor recreation."

"Some of southern Illinois’ best birding is done at springtime in Giant City State Park, although breeding season has its own rewards. Within the park you should easily find both species of tanagers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Wood Thrushes, several vireos, and at least 12 breeding warbler species, including Louisiana Waterthrush, Worm-eating, Prairie, Pine, and Cerulean.

Black Vultures and Fish Crows fly over the park, sometimes stopping on a tree to give birders a good view. In fall and winter, Pine Warblers, Indigo Buntings, and Common Yellowthroats sometimes linger in the park. Key birds: Migratory passerines; Fish Crow, Black Vulture; breeding Pileated Woodpecker, Whip-poor-will, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush, 12 species of warblers, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and Orchard Oriole. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."

Recent Trail Reviews

3/22/2018
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3/19/2011
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Giant City State Park is a great spot for day-hikers with a multitude of short .25 - 2.0 mile trails spotted through the park. The rock formations on some of the shorter trails are spectacular. Backpackers have an option with the 12.2 mile Red Cedar trail which shares a portion of ground with the River to River . There is a crude campsite around 5.6 miles into red cedar (no water) and the trail skirts the perimeter of the park. This is a good family spot for camping with a nice lodge and dining room.


10/9/2009
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We hiked several of the smaller trails including Indian Creek Shelter, Post Oak Nature, Giant City Nature, and Devil's Standtable. I'm sure the rocks wouldn't be all that impressive to a mountaineer but they are fairly impressive for Illinois. The trails are short, well maintained and easy to hike. Unfortunately, the loop trail around the park (Red Cedar Trail), along with Stonefort and Trillium are all closed due to ice damage from this past spring. I spoke with the Ranger and she wasn't sure when that section of the park might reopen. We had planned the loop trail for Sunday of our visit but had to go with plan B. This is one of my favorite state parks in Illinois to visit and hike. Plenty of other trails in the region to make a longer trip out of it. As for wildlife we observed several deer, too many gray squirrels to count, and a woodpecker or two.



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May 2018