Hiking events

Giant City State Park Hosts Hikes to Connect Community to Nature | New

The first event will be a guided outdoor walk on October 14. The second will be an educational hike through the park on October 29.

MAKANDA, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will host events in October to educate the public about Giant City State Park and foster the community’s connection to nature.

Local interpreter Steve Gariepy will lead a casual outdoor walk along the 1/3 mile, accessible Post Oak Trail from 6-7 p.m. on October 14.

During the walk, participants can engage in discussion about their connection to the outdoors, including through quotes and “your own voice of nature,” according to a press release from Giant City State Park. Participants should bring a favorite quote to share with the group.

To kick off Halloween in the park, IDNR is planning a Trek N’ Treat event from 1-3 p.m. on October 29.

Participants will travel the Devil’s Standtable Trail on a self-guided hike. Along the trail, costumed figures will teach lessons about some of the “wonderful and most misunderstood creatures” that call Giant City State Park home, according to the release.

The trail is about 1/3 mile and will take 20-30 minutes depending on the release.