Illinois September 22, 2017
7 Tree-Top Tours You Should Take In Illinois Before Winter Comes
There are no limits to the incredible adventures you can have in Illinois. For a unique perspective of the state only the most daring get to see, take one of these seven tree-top tours. The adrenaline rush of your life is waiting in the skies.
Though most might consider zip lines and canopy walks to be summer activities, autumn might just be the actual best time to go. Keep scrolling for the best ways to view fall foliage.
1. Grafton Zipline
One of the best places to view the changing leaves in the state is near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers at 800 Timber Ridge Drive in Grafton. There you'll find a zipline that takes you 200 feet above ground for two miles and nine lines. It is open daily April through November.
2. American Obstacle
This wonderland of tree-top fun is open April through early November on the weekends. Saturday and Sunday tours are given at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at 7859 State Route 37 in Kinmundy. Activities include a 40-foot climbing wall, a spiral staircase, three ziplines, two sky bridges, and kayaking.
3. Long Hollow Canopy Tours
One of the best tree-top tours in the state is this epic adventure. Guests enjoy six ziplines, a UTV ride, a sky bridge, and hiking through some of the most gorgeous forestry in the Midwest. The longest line is over 1,200 feet and speeds can reach 40 miles per hour. Tours are available by reservation through the end of October at 3247 W Longhollow Road in Elizabeth.
4. Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour
Take in the best views fall has to offer at 635 Robinson Hill Road in Makanda where there are eight ziplines and three aerial bridges. Guests can explore this 83-acre course in the Shawnee National Forest through December.
5. Zip Rockford
This epic journey takes you on five ziplines which include dual racing lines and double-decker lines which are up to 1,000 feet long and 65 feet above ground. Located at 4402 Larson Avenue in Rockford, you'll only be able to enjoy summer greenery here as the adventure is only available Memorial Day through Labor Day.
6. Go Ape Chicago
Part of a network of tree-top tours, the Illinois location is located in Bemis Woods at 1100 Ogden Avenue in Western Springs. Guests enjoy five ziplines and 39 unique crossings spanning five different sections. Tours are available through the end of November on weekends. There are also bike trails and hiking paths.
7. Zip Chicago
Beautiful fall foliage can be found at 2681 E US Route 6 in Marseilles where there are eight different lines, including dual racing lines. The guided tour takes guests up to speeds of 45 miles per hour, and it is available by reservation through October with some dates in November.
For more places to explore Illinois’ most natural areas, check out these
eight natural wonders hiding in plain sight.
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