LIFE'S A TRIP…Outdoors

Tiffany Garavaglia
Attractions, Life's A Trip, Outdoors, Recreation, Summer

Life’s a Trip is a blog series that highlights similar attractions near each other, making each edition a perfect way to plan a day trip, or something to work in to a staycation!

Everybody…okay, most people…enjoy adventure and outdoor activities that stretch both body and mind. All over ILLINOISouth you’ll find places to go golfing, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, boating, camping and even ziplining. From east to west, beautiful state parks, lakes, golf courses, trails and attractions are calling your name! Here are just a few of the possibilities.

Soar through a canopy of trees on three different ziplines at American Obstacle in Kinmundy. Several different zipline adventures are available for individuals, families and groups.

Red Hills State Park in Sumner has year-round water sports including swimming, fishing and boating in the summer and ice fishing and ice skating in winter. Have lunch or dinner overlooking the lake at the Trace Inn.

Equestrians will appreciate Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area in Newton, which is one of the few parks with facilities for horses and riders. There is a fishing lake, campgrounds and 840 acres for hunting.

Beall Woods State Park, on the Wabash River near Mt. Carmel, offers Nature Interpretive Programs at the Visitors Center. It features trails, campsites and a fishing lake. 9285 Beall Woods Ave., 618-298-2442

East Fork Lake, Borah Lake and Vernor Lake in Olney have a great reputation as recreational lakes with terrific fishing, boating, and swimming (Borah).

The largest man-made lake in Illinois is Carlyle Lake, known for being a challenge for sailboaters. It is the center attraction for multiple campgrounds, marinas, two hotels, walking/biking trails, a golf course, great fishing and Visitors Center.

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This information originally appeared in the Spring/Summer Tourism Times 2013. Click here and sign up to receive three of these great seasonal guides every year at no cost!

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