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Giant City Botanical Walk

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Led by Travis Neal, travis@friendsilnature.org

2 miles, Rugged

This loop trail has large overhanging bluffs with both dry and mesic species represented. There is a great fern diversity on the trail and spring wildflower display along with upland species like blackjack oaks and post oaks. The trail is popular and well-marked. The trail has rocky areas with steep terrain. Participants should wear sturdy hiking footwear and be aware that ticks will be out. Bug spray and drinking water is recommended.

The trailhead is off of Stonefort Road, Northeast of the Makanda town hall. There is limited parking at the trailhead so the group will use the shelter 1 parking lot nearby. GPS for shelter 1 parking lot: 37.625779427288386, -89.19942280107897


May 14
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Giant City State Park – Trillium Trail, GPS for shelter 1 parking lot: 37.625779427288386, -89.19942280107897

Things to know before you come:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask if unable to social distance from others at the site.
  • Bring water and a snack. Dress for the wilderness – this should include sturdy boots or shoes, a hat, bug spray, and sunscreen. Long pants and a long sleeve shirt are suggested.
  • We work hard, but at our own pace, and we often take breaks to share snacks and share ideas and nature with each other.

If you are attending a workday at a nature preserve owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, please complete and bring the IDNR Volunteer Waiver to the workday when you attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy at 779-212-2785 or amy@friendsilnature.org