Eco-friendly zip line tour coming to southern Illinois | Business
MARION, IL (KFVS) - An eco-friendly zip line canopy tour is coming to the Marion-area April 18.
According to a press release, the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour zip lines are located on 83 wooded acres surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest.
The tour will consist of eight zip lines, the longest stretching more than 1,100 feet, which will zigzag across the property’s bluffs and through the valley. The tour also has 11 platforms high in the trees, three aerial suspension bridges, the longest stretching 180 feet, and two short ground hikes.
Officials say guests soaring through the forest at 35 mph while learning about the ecology, geology and history of the area from two trained guides who will lead each group of eight guests.
“Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour is going to be more exciting and more educational than any other outdoor attraction in the Midwest,” said Marc Miles, developer of Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour. “People can experience zip lines in any number of places, but we are creating 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, and we couldn’t be more excited about the grand opening.”
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour began December 2012 and is scheduled to open to the public April 18. The three-hour tour experience will cost $85 per person. Groups of eight or more will receive a 10 percent discount on admission. Guests must weigh at least 70 pounds to participate.
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism.
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