Soar through the sky on Illinois’ new Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

written by Enjoy Illinois on April 3, 2013 in Adventure/Outdoor Illinois and Seasonal Fun - Spring and Southern Illinois with no comments

Imagine yourself soaring high above a lush forest with the warm sun beaming down on your face and the wind whipping at your feet. You’re hopping from zip line to zip line, racing through the sky as breathtaking views flash before your eyes. Think you’re in Costa Rica? Think again. You’re in Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest on the new Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour.

Zip line adventurer soaring across the Shawnee National Forest

Zip line adventurer soaring across the Shawnee National Forest

This brand new experience in Illinois’ Trails to Adventure region stretches across 83 acres of beautiful national forest, allowing you to explore the great outdoors like you’ve never explored it before. Hop from tree to tree. Fly over a boulder creek. Whip through fresh forest air. See the magnificent Shawnee National Forest from a new viewpoint.

Participants make their way across aerial bridges high above the forest floor

Participants make their way across aerial bridges high above the forest floor

Once you make your way back to the forest floor, set off to explore other natural wonders in the area, like Garden of the Gods, Rend Lake, Cache River Wetlands and Cave-in-Rock State Park. Or, if you’re looking to unwind after your adventures, visit some local wineries and vineyards along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

Trails to Adventure is loaded with natural escapes for visitors to discover

Trails to Adventure is loaded with natural escapes for visitors to discover

The Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour officially opens in April. Book your tour by calling (855) 386-9477 and don’t forget to download the participation waivers before your visit. For additional information, check out shawneezip.com.

–The Illinois Office of Tourism