When I was a kid, the neighborhood boys built a tree house in an old cottonwood that stood in an empty lot down the street. The stairs were short lengths of 2x4s nailed to the tree trunk. From the ground the tree house didn’t look like much, a crude structure of scrap plywood constructed in the way 12-year-old boys with no carpentry experience would build it. I never saw the inside because girls weren’t allowed.
Fast forward a few years (okay, more than a few years), and I am invited to Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins, in the midst of Southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest, to see tree houses that would turn those neighborhood boys green with envy. The tree houses at Timber Ridge are built for overnight stays with all of the comforts of home, including heat and air conditioning. One is suspended between two trees, and the other is built on stilts with a tree running right through the tree house deck, where you can sit in the sun dappled shade.
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During the day you can take archery lessons, bike through trails of the Shawnee National Forest, even have a massage therapist visit your tree house or cabin for a relaxing treatment. I’ll bet those neighborhood boys never dreamed of such luxuries in a tree house.
If you care to stay in a tree house …
Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins, open year-round, is located in Hardin County in Southern Illinois near the Shawnee National Forest’s Garden of the Gods. Check rates and availability
Disclosure: Our stay at Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins was hosted by the resort and Enjoy Illinois. However, all opinions express in this article are my own.
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