Plan a Visit to Giant City State Park

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As one of the most popular nature destinations with O'Fallon and Caseyville travelers, you may have heard of Giant City State Park already. This gorgeous natural park has gained a huge following in East St. Louis for its jaw-dropping scenery, wonderful amenities, and wealth of outdoor activities. But, when was the last time you visited this ever-changing location? Whether you’re in the mood for horseback riding on the trails or a nature-inspired photoshoot, learn why Giant City State Park is full of fun surprises.

What is Giant City State Park?

Giant City State Park is located on 4,000 acres of Jackson and Union Counties in the heart of Southern Illinois. While the original location consisted of just six cabins back in the 1930s, the park has grown immensely over the years – though detailed replicas of the original cabin can still be seen to this day! Not only is Giant City State Park one of the most popular parks in Illinois, but it is also a National Natural Landmark with a prehistoric stone fort within its grounds: Giant City Stone Fort Site.

What Can I Do at Giant City State Park?

From archery to camping to metal detecting and more, there’s no shortage of fun activities to do at Giant City State Park. Here are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy when you stop by for your visit!

  • Giant City Visitor Center offers interpretive displays with information about park history, local flora and fauna, geology, and more for curious minds.
  • Giant City Lodge offers plush accommodations with three types of cabins, shops, restaurants, lounge, swimming pool, and more.
  • Giant City camping accommodations include 85 Class A campsites, a Class C camping area, and a youth group camping area.
  • Giant City hiking trails are perfect for a scenic walk through the wilderness, and there are even stops for rock climbing and rappelling and fishing.
  • Giant City Stables are your headquarters for all things equestrian, including 12-mile riding trails and campgrounds.

Plan Your Visit Today

Are you ready to experience Giant City State Park up close? Start planning your next visit to Southern Illinois – and don’t forget your camera! If you need more inspiration for weekend travel, why not check out a few other favorite spots? Check out the best off-road parks in Southern Illinois or City Museum in St. Louis. And if you need any auto help before you depart on the big road trip, be sure to contact us at Auffenberg Dealer Group of O'Fallon!

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