Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Zip Through the Trees

No need to travel to Costa Rica to fly through a forest canopy. Next month adventure seekers will be able to do just that in the North Carolina Smokies. Beginning July 10, the first canopy tour in the Nantahala Gorge area in Western North Carolina will be offered to visitors at the Falling Waters Adventure Resort in the Nantahala River Gorge.

The three-hour glide-and-slide adventure along cables known as zip lines simulates flying and is powered by gradual elevational changes. The tour takes visitors through multiple ecosystems well above the forest floor and includes informative and historical narration by “canopy rangers.”

The half-mile course crosses 22 acres, from platform to platform via 9 zip lines, three “sky bridges” and five transfer bridges. State-of-the-art equipment includes a helmet, full body harness, trolley, gloves, and a tether safety line. Instruction precedes the adventure.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours takes you through multiple ecosystems, past hemlocks, into hardwoods, and through a deciduous forest packed with native flowering plants such as mountain laurel, dogwood, rhododendron, giant Frazier magnolia, rare umbrella magnolia, silver bells and many more. Your canopy ranger will point out these natural features and will also share with you some of the cultural history of the gorge.

Advanced reservations are required. For more information, please click here.


Jeff
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interview with smokies Park ranger Bob Miller reveals some history to the smokies on the parks 75th anniversary on WBIR http://hikingapparelguide.com/

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Great blog. I'll be checking in often, hope it's up-to-date :)

Vicky said...

AWESOME! I totally want to do this.

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This is a great outdoor activity that everyone is looking for. I look forward to be part of this great and exciting activity. I'll make sure that this coming summer, I'll visit the place and enjoy the adventure that place can give.