8.4 Good
Makanda, Illinois

Giant City Campground

Makanda, Illinois

Makanda, Illinois
Phone: (618) 457-4836

Sites: 85
Recent Rate: $20 10/2014

Latitude: 37.6066864099311
Longitude: -89.1675688126755

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities yes
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

9 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Have stayed here before. Most sites have electricity only so fill your tanks upon arrival. Giant City Lodge is worth visiting with good food and wonderful architecture built during CCC years. Good area to hike or fish at nearby Little Grassy Lake. 10HP limit. Watch for deer when travelling here after dark. One of the largest populations in the country. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Not close to major shopping. App. 10 miles to Carbondale.




Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed one night, campground about 10 miles from I-55. Lots of shaded sites, with some big enough for 40' RVs. Bathrooms were clean and showers hot. Sites were marked well and 10 had 50 amp! Lots of things to do in the area, hiking, fishing, site seeing ! They have 25 first come first served sites also! Great area to relax, very quiet and not any road noise. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed our midweek stay at Giant City State Park. The grounds were clean and well kept, and the restrooms and showers were also nice. As it was April, and somewhat rainy, there were only about 4 other rigs there, so we didn't need a reservation and we could choose our own site. There was no host there, but a very friendly ranger stopped by between 5 and 6 to collect our money. There is no screening between sites, but they are all shady. If you want more privacy, get one on the edge of the campground that backs to the woods. In addition to the 85 RV sites there were maybe 12 walk in tent sites. There was one restroom building for the campground, but 2 other "vault toilets". There are water spigots in several locations. The park has very good hiking, and the campground is the trail head for the 12 mile long Red Cedar Trail. This trail also connects with a 12 mile long horse trail that can be hiked. In general, there are lots of trails out there, and a short one leads from site 20 to a fishing pond. Also, just down the campground road is a launching ramp to the Little Grassy Lake, part of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. We will definitely come back and bring our kayaks. No review would be complete without mentioning the CCC built lodge in the park that serves a dynamite family style fried chicken dinner. (The lodge is not close to the campground,-- about 2 miles.) $20 was for an RV site, tent sites were cheaper, and there may be a discount for Illinois residents. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

I have been camping here for the past 4 years mostly at the tent sites. Giant city is only 20 miles from where I live and my kids love hiking here. The grounds are very nice and clean, the people are friendly, and the showers were clean also. They do have water if you get a spot near a pump and have a Y joint. This was my first time here with a RV and I have to say for $20 a night you don't get much. The last time I was here back in Oct 2009 it was $15 a night. I love the area but I think for now on, we are just going to have to do the day trips here as $20 a night for only power is a lot of money. I can spend $15 more and get full hook ups at other places. I give it a 7 because of the price, but a 10+ for how pretty this area is and how much history is in one park. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

I had always camped at Giant City in a tent and this was my first trip there in a camper. The sites were not that level and the boiler for hot water in the showers went out. I have always had a positive experience with Giant City and it is in a gorgeous part of the country. I will go back and give it another shot and hopefully the bathroom facility is fixed and will be open. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed camping here. The camp host was very friendly and helpful. The sites are gravel but level. We liked the fact that you get to pick your own site. The sites are all shaded, and it is very quite and peaceful. The shower house was very clean and heated. Giant City Park is very beautiful with a lot of interesting rock formations and trails to hike on. We would camp here again. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here in early December. The front area has pull through sites and is level. Only a few sites have 50 amp service. Lots of trees. There are trails to take you to the giant city stones and to a prehistoric wall. Lots of places to go wine tasting in the area. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Site was clean and level. Very scenic. A car is needed to visit the rock formations and restaurant. Wonderful dinner at the restaurant. It is a "Don't miss", cheap, too! Very remote and quiet. Family friendly. We would definitely come back. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We love camping here. It feels like one of the safests campgrounds around. Camping spots available right by the park so we can see the kids but yet relax by the fire. We camped at Giant City Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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