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World-class Zipline Canopy Tour And 83-acre Property For Sale

Makanda, Illinois, US
Asking Price:
Sales Revenue:
$250K - $500K
Cash Flow:
$100K - $250K

Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour is a 100% tree-based zipline park located on 83 acres of wooded land in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a highly popular and profitable zipline business and take it to the next level. The business is being offered for sale on a completely turnkey basis including all assets, operating permits, and future booked reservations.

The three-hour canopy tour includes eight ziplines, three aerial/high suspension foot bridges and three short hikes -- providing an exciting way to experience the flora, fauna and history of the Southern Illinois' outdoors. The diverse terrain boasts several rock bluffs, wildflower meadows, and a large bouldered creek running through the center of the property. The course was designed with an eco-friendly focus and without the use of any man-made towers or cement.

The property offers an excellent opportunity for the right buyer to increase sales and market share by expanding the current park and building a collection of treehouses or cabins -- much of the land is currently undeveloped and local demand for short-term rental properties is at an all-time high.

Since its founding 10 years ago, Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour has consistently been voted one of the area’s best activities and attracted visitors from all over the world.

The property is privately held and the owners are representing themselves in this transaction, so they are able to negotiate sales terms and conditions to meet individual buyer needs. Site visits to the property are encouraged.


Prior to receipt of any financial or other company information, all potential buyers must sign a non-disclosure agreement and provide a letter from their financial institution or accountant that shows they have the funds required to purchase the business.

For more information, please contact us by using the form below.

Property Information

Real Estate:

Real Property Included


• 83 acres of private land surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, which draws over 1MM visitors annually
• Excellent location, with close-proximity to several major U.S. cities, as well as several popular local attractions
• Located on the Southern Illinois Wine Trail (11+ wineries and 100K+ visitors annually)

Premises Details:

• 2,520 sq. ft. welcome center
• 360 sq. ft. harness and gear storage room
• 570 sq. ft. covered area for gear up and gear down
• State of the art facilities and equipment, with a primary emphasis on safety

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

• Significant opportunity for future growth and expansion
• Zipline course covers 25 acres — the land underneath the course could be used for trails, a mountain coaster or other attraction
• Remaining 58+ acres undeveloped and available for future lodging sites and park expansion
• 5.5 acres of treeless ground, ideal site for camper hookups or an event/meeting center

Competition / Market:

• The Southern Illinois' tourism market continues to grow as visitors are drawn to the 33+ state parks, historic sites, wineries and dozens of outdoor activities available in the region
• The Illinois “Middle of Everything” tourism campaign highlights the wide-range of attractions available to visitors - and features the canopy tour in a series of TV ads airing in 20 markets across Illinois and seven neighboring states
• No direct competitors in the area -- opportunity for increased cross-promotional engagement with other local attractions

Reasons for selling:

The owners are retiring and are seeking a buyer that is capable of maintaining the existing operations, while leveraging the tremendous potential of the business and property for future growth and expansion.

2 full-time; 12 part-time
Years established:
10 Years

Other Information

Support & training:

Owner will be available to buyer for a mutually agreed upon "handover period" to ensure appropriate knowledge transfer and training.

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