Ziplining is an exhilarating experience you won’t soon forget. Since North Carolina boasts more ziplines than any other state in the eastern United States, it’s a breeze to embark on a ziplining adventure. Book a stay at a North Carolina vacation rental today. Whether you’re hoping to zoom through the mountains in Blowing Rock or soar over a waterfall in Fayetteville, these great destinations boast excellent zipline courses.
1. Blowing Rock
High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blowing Rock is a popular northeastern North Carolina destination. After you hike to the blowing rock itself, head for one of the ziplines in the area. The closest is Sky Valley Zip Tours, where your adventure starts with an ATV ride up the mountain. From there, set off on a canopy tour through the trees, flying down ziplines, rappelling off of a cliff, and navigating precarious swinging sky bridges. The tour is open to everyone 10 and older weighing at least 70 pounds; for little ones, check out the exciting Kid Zip course. An easy drive away in Seven Devils, Hawksnest offers a staggering 20 different lines, making it one of the longest zipline tours in the country. Choose from the shorter Hawk Tour that’s great for kids as young as five, or the longer Eagle Tour, which offers high speeds and spectacular aerial creek views. In the winter, fly above the snow-covered mountains on the Snowbird Tour, and stick around to try snow tubing.
Beautiful Asheville overflows with family-friendly activities, including multiple ziplines. Take the aerial views of downtown at The Adventure Center of Asheville, where Asheville Canopy Adventures takes you through 11 different lines. If you’re in a hurry, the Express Canopy Tour gives you all of the thrill in less time. Continue the excitement at the onsite Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, where you can sail through the air on a flying kayak, navigate through swinging hula hoops, and ride a unique standing zipline. Another option is Navitat, which lies a stunning 20-mile drive away in Barnardsville. Here, guides lead you on a full-immersion Moody Cove wilderness tour that includes forest hikes, rock climbing, and heart-pounding ziplines through the Blue Ridge Mountains. For adrenaline junkies, the Blue Ridge Experience canopy adventure is a must; soar from mountaintop to mountain top at speeds faster than 60 miles per hour, and try the side-by-side zip to experience the thrill with a friend. For family members that don’t want to ride ziplines, Navitat also offers guided RTV tours through the wilderness.
3. Bryson City
Tucked between the Smoky Mountains and the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, Bryson City is a spectacular spot for ziplining. Head to the Nantahala Outdoor Center for a heart-pounding ride above the Nantahala Gorge; from the air, you can see Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. The highlight of the trip is the Mega Zip, which sends you sailing more than one-half mile at heights of more than 300 feet. While you’re there, get a different perspective on the forest with a family-friendly whitewater rafting trip. Nearby, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours provides a three-hour aerial tour of the mountains; test your bravery on 12 ziplines and eight awe-inspiring sky bridges. From the highest platform, you can see all the way to Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee. Little adventurers can zoom through the canopy with guides at Kid Zip, while parents watch from below.
When it comes to North Carolina ziplines, Zip Quest in Fayetteville offers some of the most exciting options in the eastern part of the state. Start with the Treetop Excursion, which sends you flying between aerial platforms in a zipline canopy tour. If you’re up for a serious adventure, soar over waterfalls, teeter across suspension bridges, and climb treetop spiral staircases on the Waterfall Expedition. At Zip Quest, darkness doesn’t stop the fun; strap on a lighted helmet and fly through the dark with NightQuest. If that’s still not enough, feel the ground drop away on the Swing Shot, a swing that takes you five stories above the forest floor.
The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh offers the perfect blend of urban amenities and outdoor adventures. Experience the beauty of the northeastern part of the state at TreeRunner Adventure. Here, aerial adventures involve more than ziplines; the treetop course takes you over suspended balance beams, up climbing walls, and across wild Tarzan swings. On Glow Night, fly through the forest on ziplines illuminated with neon lights. For kids aged 4 to 7, the Junior Park offers a safe and exciting adventure. If your vacation rentals are near Blue Jay Point County park, check out the Go Ape aerial adventure course. Ride five ziplines, brave the log swing, and climb a Spiders Web net high in the trees. The Go Ape Treetop Junior course provides the same thrills for little ones, including two ziplines and 20 different obstacles. After your adventure, explore the park’s playgrounds and hike Falls Lake Trail for a beautiful view of the forest and Falls Lake.
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