Surrounded by the Shawnee National Forrest, Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour’s zip lines and tree platforms are nestled inside 83 privately-owned wooded acres in Union County and ready to provide a unique outdoor adventure for people of all ages. A 15% discount is offered to Church Youth groups and Boy & Girl Scout groups of at least 6 that book a group tour Monday –Friday.
“Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour is going to be more exciting and more educational than any other outdoor attraction in the Midwest,” said Miles. “People can experience zip lines in any number of places, but we have created a full outdoor experience that combines the rush of flying among the treetops with learning about the flora, fauna and natural history of the area along the way. There’s really nothing else like it!”
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour is located at 635 Robinson Hill Road in northern Union County, and consists of eight zip lines. The longest zip line stretches more than 1,100 feet, which will zig-zag across the property’s bluffs and through the valley. The tour also includes 9 platforms high in the trees, three aerial suspension bridges, the longest spanning 180 feet, and two short ground hikes.
Guests will feel the rush of safely soaring through the forest at speeds topping 35 miles per hour while learning about the ecology, geology and history of the area from two trained guides who will lead each group of eight guests.
SBCT encourages groups to book tours on-line at http://shawneezip.com or by calling 855-386-9477. Various time slots will be offered. Guests must weigh between 70-275 pounds to participate.
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour is located on private ground surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest on 635 Robinson Hill Road near Makanda, Ill. The tour offers a unique way for adults and children to be exposed to nature: from old oaks and rock bluffs, to wildflowers and running streams. Other nearby tourist attractions include the Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park and many unique lodging choices. Guests may access the tour site, south of Marion, Illinois, from Interstate 57 at exit 40 or 36. The tour expects to draw guests from throughout the Midwest and throughout the country.
The Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour course was designed and built by Geronimo Construction based in Biwabik, Minn. Geronimo specializes in canopy and zip line tours and is known for their low environmental impact design and construction. They also demand strict adherence to safety standards and training.
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour is owned and operated by a group led by Dr. Marc Miles and his wife Candy. Established in 2012, Shawnee Bluff Canopy Tour’s mission is to provide an eco-friendly, easily accessible, exciting and educational new way to expose people of all ages and experience levels to the beauty of the Southern Illinois outdoors.
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism.