The Natural Gem of Southern Illinois

Earlier this month Mary Jane, Jonathon, and I traveled to our nearby State Park, Giant City, with my wonderful brother Brock and his sweet wife Marcy.  I so enjoyed the experience that I returned today to walk two of the trails within the picturesque natural region.

Giant City is located within the Shawnee National Forest.  “Named for the unique impressions made by  its’ massive sandstone structures and a landscape like none other, with lush garments of fern, moss, flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and more than seventy-five varieties of towering trees,” according the Giant City State Park website.

The Devils’ Stand Table is fascinating.

dscn5374dscn5375dscn5376The rock formations are simply awe inspiring!  It is said that the during the Ice Age…that the glaciers stopped in the Giant City region and thus the spectacular natural splendor.

dscn5364dscn5363The Post Oak Trail was very nice.  It had a lovely view of the various trees and foliage from a high vantage point.

dscn5381dscn5383img_4763-2img_4764img_4766img_4768In our world of hustle and bustle…it is refreshening to commune with Gods’ gift of nature.  So often what we deem important…money and the accumulation of it…prestige and power…fame and renown…is dwarfed by the reality of who we are…and what we are…in the magnificent creation that surrounds us.

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8 responses

  1. Awesome rock formations! Looks like one has to be nimble footed to navigate through the trail and you did it couple of times! Good job! Thanks for sharing. It really looks like a great adventure to be on and admire the years it took to give those rocks the character it has today 😊

    1. Thank you. It is advisable to watch each step to ensure success! 🙂

      1. Have a lovely Sunday Bjaybrooks and happy trails. Really enjoy reading and travelling through your eyes. Thanks 😊

      2. You are very welcome my friend. 🌞

  2. Beautiful pictures and sentiments!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  3. Fantastic place! We are so lucky 🙂

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