Whether you want to admire the best views of the Smoky Mountains or simply love the thrill of flying over treetops, a zipline canopy tour is a great way to embark on an adventure. Ziplines let you see nature from a unique perspective. Look for a zipline adventure park featuring multiple features and activities for an unforgettable time. Book a stay at a vacation rental in Georgia today. Here are noteworthy cities and towns home to some of the best zipline experiences in the state of Georgia.
Head to Helen in North Georgia for zipline tours that incorporate the local history, starting with the region’s original Native American inhabitants and moving forward. Nacoochee Adventures offers four different canopy tours, each focusing on a distinct historical era. For a quick thrill book the Big Zip Intimidator, for 30 minutes that includes Native American legends and a race down the longest dual ziplines in the United States. If you have more time, try the two and a half hour Big Bear Tour, which covers several historical eras and includes a cave hike. Nacoochee Adventures also offers a giant swing with views of the Nacoochee Valley and Mount Yonah that can be added onto any of the regular zipline tours, guided ATV tours that take you through the Smithgall Woods State Wildlife Preserve, and Yonah Quest Adventure Park with 27 rope course stations designed to use both your body and your mind. Plan a stay in a Helen vacation rental to take full advantage of everything Nacoochee Adventures offers.
For the biggest zipline canopy tours, head to Historic Banning Mills Adventure and Conservation Center in Whitesburg, just 45 minutes west of Atlanta. This king of aerial adventure parks is home to the Screaming Eagle zipline, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest and longest zipline canopy tour in the world. Historic Banning Mills offers six different levels total of ziplines and sky bridges to meet the needs of every adventurer in your party. For a full day at Historic Banning Mills, sign up for the Two Springs into Summer tour, which includes an extensive zipline tour around the park’s lake, the 100-foot Power Free Fall, and the Flight of the Falcon, one of the longest extreme ziplines in North America, plus lunch. Shorter tours are available including some for youngsters, so bring along the whole family. Stay overnight in Whitesburg, and come back to the park the next day for a trip around their high and low ropes course and a try at their Guinness World Record breaking climbing wall.
Buford offers visitors historical resources, the fabulous Tannery Row Artist Colony, free outdoor movies and concerts in the town park, and plenty of great places for ziplining. If your traveling with youngsters or anyone in your party has special needs, head to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center for Treetop Quest, a zipline experience designed to meet the needs of most, including ziplines and treetop obstacles for kids as young as 4 plus high-adventure areas for those 12 and up. Lake Lanier Canopy Tours offers longer three-hour tours for those 8 and up, and a unique moonlight tour over the sparkling waters of Lake Lanier. If you’ve never ziplined before, try the moderate-paced legacy tour, which includes seven ziplines including two passing right over the lake, two sky bridges, and plenty of instruction to get you started.
4. Hilton Head Island
To enjoy the best of Georgia’s coastal region along with some fabulous ziplines and obstacle courses, book a vacation home on Hilton Head Island. Broad Creek Marina Adventures offers a variety of ways for thrill seekers to have fun. Sign up for a two-hour zipline tour for eight ziplines, two sky bridges, one aerial sky staircase, and lots of fantastic views. Then, challenge yourself with a two-hour aerial adventure that includes 50 challenges, such as swinging bridges, jump-thru hoops, and military-style climbing walls. This challenge is also available in a night time package that includes glow sticks, twinkling lights, and plenty of fun.
5. Blue Ridge
If you love the great outdoors, plan your zipline tour for Blue Ridge to bask in the beauty of the town’s namesake mountains. Blue Ridge Zipline Canopy Tours offers a chance to experience a gorgeous 165-acre track of that land from a height of 550 feet. Enjoy a spectacular mountain view as you zip into the valley. Plan a springtime trip to zip over meadows full of wild flowers or a fall trip to experience the trees glorious autumn colors. The standard two-hour Blue Ridge course includes 13 ziplines and 3 sky bridges, or sign up for the shorter one-hour experience to get your feet wet. Extend your adventure with a day at the Blue Ridge Adventure Park which includes aerial adventure activities for kids as young as 5 years old. In warmer weather, Blue Ridge also offers river rafting and tubing trips to help you cool off and see more of the scenery along the Ocoee or Toccoa Rivers.
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