As my boys get older, we tend to do a lot more adventure travel. Zip line Georgia canopy tours and treetop adventure courses are top on the list right now. Here is a guide to five zip lines in Georgia. There’s something for everyone from the age of four on up. In addition to zip lines, most of these outposts also offer canopy treetop adventure courses. Let us know what you think are the best zip lines in Georgia and if we’ve missed any, tell us about them. Before heading out, take a look at our post on What to Consider Before Booking a Zip Line Tour.
Historic Banning Mills, Whitesburg
Banning Mills is for the adrenaline junkie. They have the longests and fastest zips, as well as an adventure park, which includes a 600 ft long footbridge and elevated obstacles. These zip tours are guided. Additional Activities: Banning Mills holds the Guinness World Record for tallest free standing climbing wall (14 stories) and The Power Free Fall, a 10 story controlled drop. (The first step is truly the worst part.) Historic Banning Mills has a complete Inn and Conservation Center with numerous activities.
North Georgia Canopy Tours, Lula
North Georgia Canopy Tours, a guided zip line adventure, is great for the newbie. They start low and slow on the zip line and guides are with you every step of the way making sure you are safe and secure. There are two sky bridges on the tour but it’s mainly zip lines. Additional Activities: Glamping (aka luxury camping) and disc golf.
Blue Heron Adventure, Columbus
The Blue Heron Adventure zip line takes guests 1,200 feet from Georgia to Alabama, across the Chattahoochee River where whitewater rapids gurgle below. Once in Phoenix City, you’ll fly through the trees side-by-side for 400 feet. If you have young ones with you, skip the zip-line and climb the Blue Heron Aerial Course. Kids 5+ are welcome to balance on floating beams, walk across a wobbly bridge or climb a spider web. Additional Activities: Whitewater Express offers whitewater rafting along the Chattahoochee River. Go later in the day for larger rapids.
Callaway Gardens TreeTop Adventure, Pine Mountain
This treetop adventure course is 30 feet in the air. There are 19 different obstacles that swing with varying degrees of difficulty. They do have five zips, but it’s mostly the treetop obstacles. This course is self-guided and you must be 54 inches and pass the ground school. Additional Activities: Callaway Gardens is a complete family resort with lots of activities for all ages and activity levels.
Treetop Quest is at Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. There are six different courses here and you can go through all of them or just some – so it’s an easy or difficult pace – you choose. What I really like is they have courses for kids 4 and up – so you don’t have to leave the little ones home – although prepare them that they won’t be able to go on ALL the courses. There is one course that is all zips, so if you like that, you can do it more than once. I love the combination. This is also self guided. Additional Activities: TreeTop Quest is on the site of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, a high tech cultural center and museum.
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