There are two main climbing areas within the park: the Shelter 1 Bluff and the Devil's Standtable Area. The rock is sandstone and it's not very crowded. Shelter 1 has the best climbing routes, excluding the famed "return to forever", and the Devil's Standtable Area has the best bouldering in the park.
From Carbondale take Highway 13 East. Turn right (near the intersection of McDonalds and Walmart) and head South on Giant City Rd. Continue for about 15 minutes and the road leads directly to the park. From the entrance follow the signs to the appropriate destination.
This is the infamous bouldering traverse problem that lines the lower edge of Shelter 1. This traverse holds three different crux sections. If you can find them, there are no hand rests along the way. This is truly a world class climb....[more]Browse More Classics in IL
We took a side trip from jackson falls to Giant city shelter one climbing area. There are some fine lines there. Why has no-one posted these? Are you locals keeping them secret? Come-on share them with us!!!
By Dave Hug Administrator From: Carbondale, Illinois May 16, 2014
Hey Roger, I assume your Danae's father and I'm pretty sure I have met you once. Anyway I am not sure why nobody has updated this site for G.C. but I have taken it upon myself to do so. Keep an eye out for updates and thanks for pointing this out.