If you’re an adrenaline junkie, take a look at these great zip lines in the Blue Ridge and tips to help ensure a fun, safe adventure in the treetops.
Before You Zip
Comfort Is Key: Fitted athletic wear, tee shirt/collared shirt and tennis shoes/hiking boots work best. When zip lining in cooler months, dress in light layers. Skip the jewelry, tie back long hair and use sunscreen. Let your guide know of any medical issues. If you’re pregnant or have heart issues, stay on the ground and enjoy a walk in the woods.
Safety First: Zip lining is a thrilling family adventure. Depending on the aerial park, even young children can take to the air. Check the park’s age/weight requirements. Pay close attention as the guide goes over the “rules of the air”. Before heading out, go to the aerial park’s website and download/sign the liability waiver to take with you.
Stow the Selfie: Zip lining is definitely a two-handed activity. For safety’s sake, have someone on the ground take your picture. Once you’re safely on the platform, ask your guide if you can take a few photos.
Popular Zip Lines
If you’re seeking aerial adventure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley, then look at these three parks.
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center: Located only an hour west of Washington DC, this multi-activity adventure center boasts seven zip lines with heights of up to 40 feet and zip lines up to 425 feet long. You’ll have a practice zip with an experienced guide before beginning the tour. Tours last 1.5 to 2 hours and take you through some of Virginia’s most historic and pristine wilderness along the Potomac River.
Bryce Resort: This four-season resort, located in the northern part of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, features 11 zip lines crisscrossing the mountain at over 90 feet. You’ll be guided by two resort professionals. Plan for an experience that lasts 90 minutes to two hours, depending on the size of the group.
Massanutten Resort: Located on Massanutten Mountain just off I-81, this family-friendly resort is home to the Mega Zip – an 800 foot dual line that’s capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 mph. The resort also offers a two-hour canopy tour with four bridges, hanging vines and six zip lines ranging from 90 to 470 feet. And the Kid’s Adventure Course, geared for ages 12 and under, has a 100 foot zip line, Burma bridge, log crossing, swinging vine bridge and net traverse.
These three aerial parks are part of the VA Kids Trail. Looking for more family adventures? Then head over to the Kids Trail page on Go Blue Ridge Travel.