336 Church Rd., Makanda Illinois 62958
Tucked into the Shawnee Hills in southern Illinois about 10 miles south-southeast of Carbondale
in Jackson County
, 1500-acre Giant City State Park tells a geological tale 315 million years old. The rectangular joint pattern of the area's Pennsylvanian bedrock, called Pounds sandstone, is the basis for the park's unusual rock formations including "Canyon Stairway" and "Devil's Stand Table" which, to early settlers, reportedly looked like the streets of a "giant city". In addition, "Old Stone Fort" was constructed by ancients up to 12,000 years ago.
Other Illinois State Parks nearby:
(Golconda) Dixon Springs State Park
(Goreville) Ferne Clyffe State Park
(Metropolis) Fort Massac State Park
(Makanda) Giant City State Park
(McLeansboro) Hamilton County State Park
(Murphysboro) Lake Murphysboro State Park
07/16 Coming to The Makanda area
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park.
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Paducah KY May17-19 The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival Henderson KY June12-15 The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and 'Father of the Blues', William Christopher Handy.
Bluegrass in the Park Music and Folklife Festival Henderson KY August8-10 Invite all your friends and family. There will be something for everyone.