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Giant City Trillium Trail

2478-2512 Stonefort Rd

Makanda, Illinois 62958

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Please join us on Friday, November 29th for an #optoutside pop-up hike to Trillium Trail at Giant City State Park. Shoutout to our amazing sponsors, REI, Sawyer Products, Vibram, Bob's Red Mill, and Bushka's Kitchen.

We will be meeting at the trailhead (GPS coordinates 37.624910, -89.203820) at 9:00 am and hiking the 1.3-mile trail loop no later than 9:15 am. The trail travels along the bottom of some massive sandstone structures and then ascends to the top of the bluffs. This trail is considered moderate and has an elevation gain of 164 ft.

Guests should wear warm-weather permitted clothing (layering clothes is always a smart idea), hat, gloves, 2 liters of water and snacks! Also, please bring any other essential items you like to have on hikes!

We will be opting to act and practicing Leave No Trace Principles. Please be prepared and willing to help pick up trash to make the park a clean place for the environment! Bring trash bags, gloves, or a trash picker to collect litter.


Please read more about the hike and trail description through these great write-ups on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and AllTrails websites:

https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Documents/GiantCityTrilliumTrail.pdf

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/illinois/trillium


**In order to join us on the hike, you must fill out the required waiver of liability before arriving!! https://app.waiverforever.com/pending/r5MfcL8UXT1457541699


Can't wait to see you all there!!



How to get there: For an easier way just plug in the GPS coordinates in or visit this link.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//37.62491,-89.20382/@37.6266938,-89.2048082,16z

Directions:

From the north:
Take Interstate 57 South to the Route 13 exit (Marion - Exit #54B), head west (right) on Rt. 13 toward Carbondale, go approximately 15 miles. Look for Wal-Mart on your right. Turn left at this light (Giant City Road). Continue 12 miles to the south. Giant City Road will lead you into the park.

From the south:
Follow I-24 to I-57 North, or stay on I-57, to the Rt. 148 exit (Exit #45), head northwest on 148 for approximately 2 miles. Turn left on Grassy Road. There is a convenience store on this corner. Follow Grassy Road for 5-7 miles. Stay left when you come to a Y. Continue southwest on Grassy Road. Grassy Road will come to a T at Giant City Road. Turn south (left) on Giant City Road. Continue approximately 4 miles to the park.

From the east:
Head west on I-70 or, if you are further south, take I-64 to I-57 South. Continue approximately 50 miles south from I-64 to the Route 13 exit (Marion - Exit #54B), head west on Rt. 13 toward Carbondale, go approximately 15 miles. Look for Wal-Mart on your right. Turn left at this light (Giant City Road). Continue 12 miles to the south. Giant City Road will lead you into the park.

From the west:
IF YOU DON'T MIND SOME 2-LANE -
Head east on I-64 approximately 50 miles from St. Louis. Take the Rt. 127 (Nashville) exit south. Continue south for approximately 50 miles to Murphysboro. At Murphysboro, go left or east for approximately 10 miles. You will pass through the town of Carbondale. Watch for the mall on your right. When you see Wal-Mart on your left, this is your light. Take a right here on Giant City Road heading south for 12 miles into the park.


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