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Parts of Giant City State Park closed due to tornado damage

March 01, 2012 at 01:04 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

Parts of Giant City State Park near Makanda are closed to visitors after a tornado that struck Wednesday morning caused damage to trees and park facilities.

The tornado struck the Giant City State Park area at approximately 4:20 a.m., uprooting and damaging trees and causing damage to the park’s Shelter 3 Picnic Area. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a number of areas of Giant City are unsafe for visitors.

Closures include:

Shelter 3 Picnic Area,
Giant City Trail
Shelter Picnic Area (including picnic areas to Albart Lane)
Devil’s Standtable Trail and parking lot area
Giant City Lodge Road from Stone Fort Road to Church Road
Post Oak Trail and bluff area (which includes the bluff line along Giant City Lodge Road)
Indian Creek Trail
Arrowwood Trail
Red Cedar Hiking Trail
Giant City Equestrian Trail. 

The following facilities at Giant City State Park are open: 
Giant City Lodge and Cabins,
Giant City Stables
Giant City State Park Visitor Center
Giant City campground
youth campground
Shelter 1 area
Trillium Trail
Stone Fort Trail and area
Shelter 4 and 5
Equestrian Campground (which is normally closed this time of year). 


For the latest closure information visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/closures/Pages/default.aspx or contact the Giant City Visitor Center at (618) 457-4836.

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