Giant City Lodge

460 Giant City Rd Makanda

Southernmost Illinois
Written By Southernmost Illinois

Explore Shawnee Forest Country!

This amazing hand-hewn log built lodge always impresses, and is a fun place to dine. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the spacious Lodge offers rustic beauty with multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber.

The Lodge also features a lounge and historic Clem & Arlies bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway.

Much of Giant City was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. The CCC was a federally funded program that gave millions of unemployed young men jobs on conservation and environmental projects during the Great Depression. The CCC constructed trails, lodges, and shelters in 800 parks, planted more than three billion trees nationwide, and is credited with fostering a greater public appreciation of the country's national resources and the outdoors. A statue dedicated to the CCC sits in the courtyard.

Don't miss climbing the spiral staircase of the Giant City water tower for the scenic views.

The Lodge serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, the all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner. Be sure and save room for some warm fruit cobbler!

Cabin Rentals

3 styles of cabins are available for rent. The Historic Cabins are located on the south side of the Lodge, set in the location of the original CCC built cabins. These one-room cabins offer two double beds. The Prairie Cabins are located north of the lodge, offering a queen bed in the bedroom, with a full-size Murphy bed in the living room. Each unit connects to another unit by a common door. Larger and more scenic with stylish decor, there are four Bluff Cabins nestled in the bluffs near the Lodge, offering two queen beds in the bedroom, an electric fireplace in the living room, a wet bar with a small refrigerator, and a deck overlooking the woods below.

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