6 Ways to Go Zip Lining in Asheville This Fall

How many of you have ever dreamed of flying only to wake up wishing it would never end? Well, we are here to tell you that you can keep flying!  Sure, the Summer has come to an end but that doesn’t mean you have to hang up the outdoor activities. Keep the momentum going through the fall by planning a colorful zip-lining adventure with one of Asheville’s top-notch zip companies.

Get the wide-angle view and experience the fall foliage like never before. When you take the plunge into zip-lining, the leaf-peeping is beyond epic and the ride is definitely worth it! One thing we know for certain, all of these treetop companies are very professional, hospitable, pay close attention to your safety, and have a mission to maintain a healthy forest. Therefore, all you have to do is disconnect from the world and enjoy every moment with your friends, sweetheart, or family.

The Gorge

If you’re looking for the steepest, fastest zip-lining in WNC, then look no further than Saluda, NC. The Gorge Zip-lining Company is located south of Hendersonville in the very scenic Green River Gorge area. Based just off the highway, The Gorge is easy to find making your access to this adventure effortless from the very start. Each zip-lining company has a different plan of action from beginning to end. Some companies have you jumpstart from the check-in center, others have you relocate to the top of a mountain via UTV or van to the initial launching pad.

At The Gorge, you’ll kick off your eleven zips right off the bat after securing into your gear. The back porch is where the initial instruction takes place and the excitement sets in. With this first approach, butterflies, and nerves set in but rest assured, this smooth ride quickly puts you at ease.



Photogenic scenes at The Gorge Zip-lining!

At The Gorge, we had a group of six thrill-seekers on our tour. What stood out to us was how patient our two guides Dani and Nick were with all of us. Not pushy and understanding that each of us was bringing a range of zip experience. If you’re lucky enough to be assigned these two very professional tour guides, there will be lots of laughter along the way.

Begin your adventure at this state of the art modern design home base.

The Gorge Zip Lining
166 Honey Bee Drive
Saluda, NC 28773
(828) 749-2500

Navitat Canopy Adventures

Highest, fastest, longest! Located just north of Asheville in Barnardville, you will find an incredible adventure company offering two ziplining adventures unlike any other plus the option to add on an RTV tour. Whether you would like to cross sky bridges or ride on possibly the longest, tallest and fastest zips, Navitat is the place for you.

Navitat loads you up with extra knowledge and educational tidbits about the surrounding area.

When you choose the mountain top adventure, you’ll not only get a great thrill but also get to zip side by side with your companion. This adventure only has three zips, but don’t let that fool you. In between each zip you will do a little a hiking, a little learning and get to know your fellow adrenaline junkies. If you get Ethan as your guide, be sure to ask him all he knows about the pileated woodpecker.

So fun with a buddy!

While you are going up to 65 miles per hour and as far as 3600 feet from mountain top to mountain top, you’ll peacefully take in breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains knowing the automatic breaking system has your back. This company defines their name as “navigating the forest habitat in a unique and different way,’ and that our friends are exactly what you should expect.

Navitat Canopy Adventures
242 Poverty Branch Road
Barnardsville, NC 28709
(828) 626-3700

The Adventure Center of Asheville

Also known as Asheville Treetop Adventures, this sweet urban outdoor company is just minutes from downtown centrally located making your tree flying experience easy and convenient. A great destination for outdoor enjoyment and fun for couples, individuals or families. Treetop Adventure is a great way to experience the forest right here near downtown Asheville. Also open throughout the winter on the weekends, Friday – Sunday.

Twilight in the Treetops: Light up your zip experience with a night course illuminated with over 15,000 colored lights, plus colorful lasers sparkling on thousands of leaves, cables, rope, and platforms throughout the park. Revealing a mystical date night tree climbing experience like never before. Happening Saturday, October 26, 2019, Saturday, November 30, 2019, and Saturday, December 28, 2019.

Unique views of downtown. Photo credit via Instagram: @adventureavlThis canopy tour will have you swinging amongst gentle giants. In other words, one hundred and fifty-year-old magnificent white and red oaks. A unique perspective to this zip-lining adventure is the sprawling views of the ever-changing Asheville skyline. Choose from two well-executed tours:

The Full Canopy Tour: To experience this adventure to the fullest, book the Full Canopy Tour. Eleven zips, nine treetop platforms taking you through large tree towers providing large mountain and skyline views. An extraordinary perspective of Asheville.

The Express Canopy Tour: For the quickie tour, book an express zip as a teaser into the world of zip lining. Seven zips up to five hundred and seventy feet long with one crossing of a very fun sky bridge. Great for folks not quite sure of the whole zip-lining thing.

Also perfect for team building for corporations and small business owners! Photo credit via Instagram: @adventureavl

The Adventure Center of Asheville
85 Expo Drive
Asheville, NC 28806
(877) 247-5539

French Broad Adventures

A playground in the trees! For those wanting to zip-line in the deep lush forest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, look no further than French Broad Adventures. Located 25 minutes from downtown Asheville, FBA headquarters is in beautiful Marshall, NC where your safety instruction and gearing up begins.

Once they have you all checked in, hop into one of the heavy-duty Utility Task Vehicles where you will be escorted to your first zip platform. The staff at FBA are highly trained and greatly appreciate their green surroundings. They will share their vast knowledge combining your zip experience with a side of forestry education.

Leaf looking for miles! Photo credit via Instagram: @frenchbroadadventures

Then it’s smooth sailing over a mile of zip lining cable giving you ample time to enjoy your colorful surroundings. Don’t be afraid of the repelling or zips, the FBA guides are very knowledgeable, informative, and professional about making sure you are secure in your harnesses. FBA takes outdoor adventure very seriously. Be sure to check out their Zip and Dip Summer time package in 2020 for a full day of rafting and zipping!

French Broad Adventures
9800 Highway US-25
Marshall, NC 28753
(800) 570-7238

NOC Adventure Center

Founded in 1972, NOC is known as one of the pioneering treetop adventure companies. Watch out for their accomplished outdoor knowledge and passion for the great outdoors, it’s contagious. Located in Bryson City, NC, just a beautiful drive away from Asheville, the NOC is a distinguished outdoor company. They will take you under their wing, suit you up with your safety harness and focus on safety instruction before you set off on your zip adventure.

Nothing but pure bliss at NOC Ziplining Tours! Photo credit via Instagram: @heatergirl

Mountaintop Zip Line Tour: A three-hour guided tour with a half-mile-long ‘Mega Zip’ above Townhouse Creek Falls with views of the Nantahala Gorge, Fontana Lake, National Forest, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Mega Zip is known as one of the longest zip lines on the east coast. Clingman’s Dome and Cheoah Bald are just a few of the landmarks visible from your ride.

NOC Zip Line Adventure Park: A self-guided adventure park in the trees, soar over six hundred feet through the air on the Wesser Zip; then take on a multi-level challenge course as high as sixty feet above the forest floor. Each level features new obstacles: wobbling sky bridges, confusing spiderwebs, nerve-racking tight ropes, and more exciting ziplining. Once connected you remain that way through the entire challenge. Then, move around, pick and choose your favorite routes based on your own comfort and skill levels.

NOC Adventure Center
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 785-5082

Canopy Ridge Farm

Soar through the Blue Ridge foothills from a thrilling new perspective. Awarded the 2018 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, Canopy Ridge Farm’s zip-lining tour is nothing short of spectacular! Located near the banks of Lake Lure, Canopy Ridge zips you through one hundred and twenty acres of lush forest known as the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge. With excellent weather conditions, a plethora of gorgeous vegetation, and miles of scenic views, you’ll feel as if you’re sailing through the clouds of a rain forest.

Epic fun with spectacular views! Photo credit via Instagram: @carolinehuerta

What we love about this zip tour is that it kindly starts you off with a short, not-so-high cable then ends with a bang! Six zips later, finalizing your experience with an exhilarating ride on the most beloved feature ‘Zip Zilla’ at one thousand feet long, Zilla willa thrilla! So, for those uneasy about heights but are willing to take the leap into the world of zip-lining, the guides at Canopy Ridge are very skilled at softening the initial experience.

Canopy Ridge Farm
7115 Highway US-64
Lake Lure, NC 28746
(828) 625-4500

Book a Zip Date!

Now that you have all the useful information for how to create an Asheville zip-lining date, what are you waiting for? Whichever outdoor zip company sparked your interest the most, just book it! We guarantee that you will not be disappointed with any of these adventure-seeking companies. Happy fall zipping!

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