Ziplining in Western North Carolina

Ziplining in Western North Carolina

The best part of the day was the zipping!  Zip lining is an enlivening, elating experience!   11 zip lines and 7 sky bridges give a wondrous view of the canopy while challenging the adventurer.  Zipping is like flying!  Even a few nervous rookies enjoyed themselves.  Crossing the sky bridges could be a real challenge, especially while it was swaying vigorously.   Many native and exotic trees cover the ground demonstrating the diversity of plant life here.  Zip lines are heavy cables strung from tree to tree, and thrill seekers use carbines, harness, and trolleys to ride along the cables and look down on the canopy. Nantahala Canopy Tours is a new enterprise, part of Falling Waters Adventure Resort, about 12 miles west of Bryson City.   The tours have been operating since July 2009.  http://www.wildwaterrafting.com/nanzip.php

Something I discovered is that there is no governing body to hold zip line businesses to a standard.  So – only zip if the company is reliable.  How do you know?  If they have been around a long time, or if they are part of an already established business, it's probably safe.   Ask how long they have been around, how many people they take up each day, how long the rangers have been with them,  how long they've been guiding and what the accident rate is.  Stay away from anything questionable!