We had a great meeting this weekend with Greg the owner of Makanda Inn & Cottages. After we said our goodbyes, Loraine and I were walking the property and the weather was so nice we decided to walk down the road to the River to River Trail. The entry to the trail is only 3 tenths of a mile from our driveway and heads up into Giant City State Park. 

wooded hiking trail in Giant City State Park rock formations with a blue sky in the backround

Just a short way up the trail it intersects with the Horse Trail and the Red Cedar Trail. 

Wooden giant city state park horse trail sign mounted on a tree

The Red Cedar Trail is 12 miles and circles the Park. It offers some great hiking on some sections within walking distance from our property. Access points along the road from our driveway give you some close scenic loop hiking options.  

Giant City's red cedar trail markers heading into the woods

We came across some great sights and had some fun along the way. Of course, Loraine was in her glory taking photos along the way. 

brownish red rock formations along the trail

Me in my yellow cache river t-shirt climbing on some local rocks

The weather had been cold so in spite of the warm weather some frozen waterfalls could still be seen.

walking down from the frozen frozen white waterfalls

beautiful green moss covered rocks and frozen waterfallHiking in this area in the winter is great. You might have a spring like day, or have to put on some layers, hat, and gloves. If you are lucky you might have the opportunity to hike in some beautiful fresh snow. There will not be any bugs and certainly not a lot of people. We still have availability in February so don’t delay and book your stay at Makanda Inn & Cottages today.