Your Guide to Asheville Ziplines

Soaring over treetops at thrilling speeds with incredible mountain views that seem unreal.  It’s the ultimate experience and the perfect way to up your date game!  Whether you want a short and sweet zipline trip close to downtown, or a 4 hr scenic zip with added adventures.  We have everything you need to know for a unique and thrilling zipline date, including lodging and dining options.

Adventure Center of Asheville

Located just 5 minutes from downtown Asheville, The Adventure Center of Asheville is a unique location with both scenic and urban views.  Set on a 124 acre oak tree reserve, you get all the perks of a lush, wooded setting with an Asheville skyline view for contrast. 

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Tandem Ziplines Photo Credit: Adventure Center of Asheville

The Full Canopy Tour

3 hrs
Weight range: 70-250lbs 

This tour offers both mountain and skyline views.  At 1200 ft long with tandem ziplines, this tour is ideal for couples wanting to zip side by side. You have a “warm up” zipline to get you comfortable and then you’ll be on your way to treetop adventure.  There are 11 ziplines that will stop at 3 different sky bridges, giving you the opportunity to take in the views and and learn a little history.

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Photo Credit: Adventure Center of Asheville

The Express Canopy Tour

2 hrs
Weight range: 70-250lbs

This tour is ideal if you’ve got a day planned and want to experience a quicker zip of 570 ft.  Similar to the Full Canopy Tours, this tour offers scenic mountain and urban skyline views. It includes 7 ziplines with one skybridge.  There is one tandem zipline on this tour, but the other 6 are individual.

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Resting between zips. Photo Credit: Adventure Center of Asheville

Top off your zipline adventure with a dinner and a drink at one of our many bars with a view downtown.

The Adventure Center of Asheville
85 Expo Drive
Asheville, NC 28806
Reservations: 877-247-5539
Fall Hours: Wed-Sun, 9am-5:30pm

French Broad Adventures

2.5-3 hrs
Weight range: 70-250lbs

Located in Marshall, just 25 minutes from downtown Asheville, French Broad Adventures is home to ziplines, rafting and canyoneering trips.  They offer one zipline canopy tour that includes 10 different ziplines, ranging from 75-1000ft, with stunning mountain views.  Upon arrival, you’ll go through their “ground school” where you’ll learn basic techniques, allowing you to feel confident and enjoy your zip.  You’ll get a UTV ride up the mountain, where you’ll clip in and enjoy the adventure!

Zip Lining with French Broad Adventures

What’s fun about French Broad Adventures is they have a canopy walk and 100ft bridge leading you to a cool treehouse, complete with seating so you can sit back and enjoy your surroundings. 

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French Broad Adventures Treehouse. Photo Credit: French Broad Adventures

Upgrade idea: Purchase their raft and zipline package for a discounted price and spread out your adventure.  You can do both trips in the same day, or opt to break it up over two days.  Stay at Hot Springs Resort and Spa nearby, where they have camping and cabin options.  But the real perk is their natural hot mineral tubs, where you can soak in between adventures.

Know before you go:
Trips run on time and will not wait for guests that are late.  Be sure to arrive 30 mins prior to your tour time.

French Broad Adventures
9800 US Hwy 25/70
Marshall, NC 28753

Navitat Canopy Adventures

Navitat Canopy Adventures offers the largest zipline tours in the Asheville area.  What makes these tours unique are the long distances and the speed!  With a hands-free, automatic breaking system, you get to enjoy mountain top views with  exhilaration and ease.  They even offer Gopro rentals to capture your adventure!

Moody Cove Adventure

Weight range: 90-250lbs

Navitat’s original tour, the Moody Cove Adventure has 5 ziplines, totally 1250 ft long and 250 ft high.  With an immersive zip through the treetops and scenic forest trails, you’ll fly over Moody Cove, with long range views of the Blue Ridge.  Upon finishing, you get one last thrill and rappel down a tree to return to base.

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Photo Credit: Navitat


Blue Ridge Experience

2-2.5hrs long
Weight range: 70-250lbs

With expansive views of the Blue Ridge, this tour is aptly named and offers a true mountain top to mountain top, tandem zipline experience.  Enjoy the longest zipline you’ll find around Asheville with over 3600 ft of zipline adventure to experience, spread over 3 huge lines.  What makes this unique is the speed you gain over the longer zipline, an exhilarating 65mph!

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Blue Ridge Views. Photo Credit: Navitat

Upgrade idea:  Go for the Ultimate Adventure Package ($169), where you can experience both the Moody Cove Adventure and the Blue Ridge Experience.  You’ll break for lunch between tours where you can enjoy a romantic picnic lunch or venture out to the 2 restaurants nearby or in downtown Weaverville.

242 Poverty Branch Rd
Barnardsville, NC 28709
(828) 626-3700

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Located in Bryson City, NC (roughly 1 hr from Asheville), The Nantahala Outdoor Center is a full spectrum outdoor experience with lodging, restaurants and more.  With 400 acres spanned over their Townhouse Creek Property, Fontana Lake and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the panoramic views are unique and breathtaking.

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Nantahala Outdoor Center Zipling . Photo Credit: Nantahala

Mountain Zip Line Tour

3-4 hours
Weight range: 100-250lbs

This panoramic ride lets you soar on two miles of mountain-to-mountain ziplines into open air, over the Nantahala River Gorge.  Overlooking the Great Smokies and Lake Fontana, you’ll ride 350′ above the forest floor.  The Mega Zip is the highlight of this tour where you travel a half-mile (almost 1 minute) of straight flying.  It’s a heart stopping, thrilling experience.

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Photo Credit: Nantahala Outdoor Center

Zip Line Adventure Park

2 hours
Weight range: 60-250lbs

Want a shorter zip line experience?  Check out the Zip Line Adventure Park where you follow a 2 hour multi-stage challenge course through the woods.  Spider webs, sky bridges and nerve-racking tight ropes keep your adrenaline pumping, while you negotiate your way across the course.  Make it a game and race each other on the tandem, 600 ft Wesser Zips!

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Zipline Adventure Park. Photo Credit: Nantahala Outdoor Center

Moonlight Mountaintop Zipline Tour

4.5 hours
Weight range: 100-250lbs

Who wouldn’t want to experience zip lining by moonlight?  This one-of-a-kind adventure allows you to experience the Mountaintop Zipline Tour by moonlight.  Soaring, mountain-to-mountain, with the night sky illuminating the treetops.  Guides will help you along the way and you’ll use lights to signal and decipher your way through the course.

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Moonlight Zip
Photo Credit: Nantahala Outdoor Center

Upgrade idea:  Go for the Rafting and Zipline Package ($129.99) and experience the Nantahala River Gorge with a fully guided rafting trip in the morning, break for lunch on campus, and finish with the Mountaintop Zip Line Tour for a late afternoon view of the mountains and Lake Fontana.

Better yet, enjoy a Stay and Play discount of 10% with their lodging options.  With deluxe cabins, a motel, basecamps, and platform tents, there are plenty of options.

Enjoy a riverfront view while you dine at one of the area’s restaurants:
River’s End Restaurant
Big Wesser BBQ & Brew

The Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 W Hwy 19
Bryson City, NC 28713

The Gorge Zipline Canopy Adventure

Roughly a 45 min drive from Asheville, The Gorge Zipline Canopy Adventure is in Saluda, NC.  Experience breathtaking views of 18,000 acres of protected forest and hear the roar of the Green River.

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Photo Credit: The Gorge Zip Lining

The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour

3.5 hrs

Perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge, you’ll begin your canopy tour by plunging into the wilderness over 11 ziplines, a sky-bridge and 3 rappels.  The effect of the gorge makes this zipline unique, as your perspective changes for a dramatic effect. The Gorge Zipline drops 1,100 vertical feet from start to finish.

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Photo Credit: The Gorge Zip Lining
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Photo Credit: The Gorge Zip Lining

Upgrade idea: With plenty of lodging options like The Blue Firefly Inn and cabins close by, turn it into a weekend!  Pair your zip lining up with some white water rafting with Green River Adventures and you’ll have an adventure packed weekend. Here’s a full listing of restaurants to fuel your adventures.

The Gorge Zipline
166 Honey Bee Dr
Saluda, NC 28773
(828) 749-2500

Boulderline Ziplines

About an hour drive from Asheville, Boulderline Ziplines is located near Lake Lure, NC.  A smaller scale zipline course,  Boulderline is an ideal option to pair up with visits to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock State Park.  In addition to zip lines, they also offer climbing towers and a giant hillside swing to get your adrenaline topped off.

Zipline Canopy Tour

2 hrs
Weight range:40-255lbs

Spread over 40 acres of forested woodland, this 6 zip lines course takes you ridge to ridge with varying height from two to twenty-five feet.

Night Flight Zipline Tour

Weight range:40-255lbs

Experience the same course at night!  You’ll wear headlights and soar through the course, adding new dimensions.

Check out their Zip Line Videos!


Upgrade idea: Combine all of Boulderline’s adventures into a full outdoor  Premium Package ($80).  This includes 6 ziplines, a 1.5 hour climbing session and a giant hillside swing.

Stay at the Rumbling Bald Resort with home, condo, studio and RV rental options.   They also have a 4 star golf course, spa and many other amenities.   Additional Lake Lure camping options are here.

Boulderline Ziplines
456 Boland Dr
Lake Lure, NC 28746
(828) 625-4913

Feature Image: Navitat


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