- Kelly Sundstrom For the AJC
Let's face it, sitting in your office all day can wreak havoc on your attitude. What better way to get a new perspective and brighten your horizons than to zip through the air on a wire.
If you crave a little more adventure in your life, ziplining can enable you to feel the freedom of flight by sliding down strategically place wires hung between trees. This type of ride allows you to feel the exhilaration of gliding through the canopy in a safe, secure way.
Georgia offers many nearby ziplining excursions to make it easy for you to catch a ride through the trees whenever you need a little pick me up.
Screaming Eagle Zipline Tours at Historic Banning Mills. Prices range between $49 and $149 per person. 205 Horseshoe Dam Road, Whitesburg. 770-834-9149. www.historicbanningmills.com.
At Historic Banning Mills, you'll get to choose from six ziplining levels, from a 1 hour tour to over 8 hours of all day zipline fun. Holding the Guinness World Record for having the longest and largest zipline canopy tour, the Screaming Eagle Zipline covers almost 10 miles of line and takes you through some of the most beautiful old growth forests in Georgia. With its Closed Belay System, the Screaming Eagle Zipline provides you with a safe and secure ziplining experience.
North Georgia Canopy Tours. Prices range between $69 and $89 per person. 5290 Harris Road, Lula. 770-869-7272. www.northgeorgiacanopytours.com.
Learn about the forest life around you as you glide through the trees at North Georgia Canopy Tours. Their certified and eco-trained zipline guides take you through your choice of a 2 hour or 3 hour zipline tour while sharing information about the forest habitat, wildlife and history about the local culture and community. On your tour, you have the option to rent a GoPro camera for an additional $35 to record your experience.
Lake Lanier Canopy Tours at Lanier Islands. Prices range from $30 to $100 per person. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770-828-7654. www.lanierislands.com.
At beautiful Lake Lanier Islands in Buford, you can choose from multiple zipline options. The first option includes a shorter 1 hour canopy tour that takes you over four lines and one sky bridge, and the longer option includes a 3 hour tour that takes you over 14 lines and across the water.
Zipline Tours at Nacoochee Adventures. Prices range from $30 to $99 per person. 7019 South Main St., Helen. 706-878-9477. www.nacoocheeadventures.com.
Ziplining at Nacoochee Adventure involves much more than just gliding through the trees. You can choose from four different tour options which take you up 70 feet in the air and over one of the longest ziplines in the country. Tour lengths range from 30 minutes to 2 1/2 hours. Some of these adventures also include a guided tour of an actual 1800's gold mine, a nature hike and a visit to a bear cave.
Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge. Prices range from $49 to $89 per person. 891 Old Cashes Valley Road, Blue Ridge. 800-251-4800. www.zipblueridge.com.
Choose from two different zipline options including a 1 hour tour for people who just want to try it out, to 2 1/2 hours that takes you across 13 lines and three sky bridges. After your tour, stick around and have fun at the Aerial Adventure Park, which includes a challenging obstacle course with tight ropes, suspended bridges, ziplines and climbing walls.
Zipline Canopy Tour at The Sandbar. Prices range between $49 and $79 per person. 3435 King Hall Mill Road, Bowman. 706-245-4163. www.thesandbarbroadriver.com.
At The Sandbar, you'll choose between two ziplining options, either a five or 10 line tour, that will take you through forests, up to the tree canopy and over Mill Shoal Creek and Broad River. While flying through the air with the greatest of ease, you will also get a chance to see the gorgeous waterfalls at Mill Shoal Creek.
Ziplining at Cherokee Valley Ranch. Prices range from $20 to $50 per person. 909 Upper Salem Church Road, Jasper. 706-692-9277. www.cherokeevalleyranch.com.
If price matters to you, check out the economical ziplining deals at Cherokee Valley Ranch. Prices for a zipline tour start at just $20 for one leg, and go up to $50 for the full canopy tour. Cherokee Valley Ranch also offers tubing, tobogganing and hayrides for a full day of family fun.
Ziplining at Treetop Quest. Prices range from $22 to $49 per person. 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. 770-365-0356. www.treetopquest.com.
The kid-friendly ziplines at Treetop Quest include everything from a Chick'Pea Course with a trampoline and obstacle course, to the medium and challenging obstacle courses with incorporated ziplines throughout. At this self-guided experience, you'll receive detailed instructions and equipment, then you're let loose on the lines to enjoy up to 2 1/2 hours of fun. With all the options at Treetop Quest, you're sure to find a little something for everyone in your family.
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