Located in the heart of Giant City State Park, just 10 miles south of Rt 13 (Carbondale, IL) on Giant City Road. Giant City Stables offers guided horseback trail rides, as well as a variety of summer horse camps and horseback riding lessons for groups and individuals. For our younger horse lovers, we offer pony rides. The Stables is open Mid March through Mid November for guided horseback trail rides and open year round for all other activities.
Lincoln Memorial Park is the site of the third of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Steven A. Douglas for the 1858 Illinois U.S. Senate seat. There are two historical markers in the park. The oldest consists of a plaque set in stone between statues of Lincoln and Douglas.
A picturesque setting, Pounds Hollow campground and lake are tucked away amongst the Shawnee Hills, where you can relax and get away from it all. Completed in the early 1940¿s, Pounds Hollow Lake is popular for the same reasons it was 60 years ago and continues to provide opportunities to picnic, fish, swim, camp and hike.
The trail is a nice level grade and interesting signs give railroad history and natural history. One of the highlights of the trail is a rock staircase built into a sandstone crack in the bluff. This leads to a nice picnic shelter and one of the best lookout points in Illinois. A sandstone bluff provides excellent views of the undulating Illinois Ozarks and the Bald Knob Cross. This scenic point is also accessible by a vehicle by a secondary road that leads to Cobden.