Illinois’ Bicentennial: Giant City State Park, Celebrating the Natural History and Beauty of Illinois

As we celebrate the Illinois BiCentennial, [ 1818-2018], we also look to note the NATURAL HISTORY of Illinois.

Here, from our archives, one of our more popular stories, when we visited Giant City State Park, near Carbondale, in the Fall of 2010.

While many think of Illinois’ landscape as being little more than flat farmland, we see that is not the case, as we travel to the hilly, rocky and forested landscape of Southern Illinois. Here, Giant City State Park offers visitors great vistas, a beautiful lodge and magnificent hiking trails. We see its beauty through the eyes of photographer, Ed Martin.