Parks & Rec

One of Carbondale’s most identifying qualities is its commitment to outdoor recreation.

Located on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest, Carbondale is adjacent to a number of venues for outdoor activities. Giant City State Park, Little Grand Canyon, Piney Creek Ravine, Pomona Natural Bridge, Garden of the Gods, and Trail of Tears State Park are just a few of the nearby areas that offer hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more. Within five minutes of the city sits several lakes, many of which are open to boating, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.

If you like to golf, then look no further as Carbondale sits smack dab in the middle of the Southern Illinois Golf Trail. The Hickory Ridge Golf Center is just one of five courses along the trail. The 18-hole course is open to the public and offers challenges for all skill levels.

Carbondale has 18 public tennis courts, in addition to a sports multi-complex that provides facilities for baseball, softball, soccer, football, and track. Within the city, there are nature trails for runners and walkers, along with several parks including a “spray park.”

As you look through this section, you’ll become amazed at what our community has to offer. Feel free to contact us by email or phone if you have any questions while planning your trip.