Illinois Department of Natural Resources  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2010  

North End of Giant City State Park Reopens
Area had been closed due to damages from 2009 storm

MAKANDA, IL – The north end of Giant City State Park has reopened following cleanup and repairs from damages done during the severe windstorm that struck southern Illinois on May 8, 2009.

Contractors have completed work on the bridges and road near Giant City State Park Shelter #1 on the Stonefort Road and the road has been reopened.  A cottonwood tree with a 13-ft. radius was uprooted during the windstorm, destroying sections of the bridge, road, and guard rails.

In addition to the road and bridges, also reopened are the Trillium Trail in the Fern Rocks Nature Preserve, the Stonefort Trail, Shelter #1, and the 12-mile Red Cedar Trail.  Those areas were closed due to the dangers presented by hundreds of downed and damaged trees that had to be cleared for safety reasons. 

Facilities at Giant City State Park that remain closed are the Equestrian Campground and Equestrian Trail due to their regular, seasonal schedule.  The equestrian campground and trail open as scheduled on May 1.

For more information on recreation opportunities and the natural features of Giant City State Park, check the IDNR web site at http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/