Adventures in the sky - Carolina Country

Adventures in the sky

New aerial parks in North Carolina teach and excite participants

Adventures in the sky

High Gravity

At least two new aerial parks have recently risen on North Carolina’s adventure landscape to challenge children and adults.

High Gravity Adventures, next to Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, is an aerial adventure park specializing in unusual outdoor recreation activities for ages 5 and up. Guests can experience 75 different elements, such as tight-rope walks, a maze of cargo nets, spiders’ webs and ziplines, requiring various levels of stamina at heights from 15 to 50 feet. Young children and those who prefer staying closer to the ground can enjoy the specially designed kids’ course, with lower, easier-to-navigate challenges. 828-386-6222 or highgravityadventures.com

Skywild treetop adventure park above the Greensboro Science Center Zoo offers 60 challenges, including ziplines, bridges and nets, that range from 15 to 50 feet above the ground. Adventurers can choose from seven courses, from beginner to advanced, with most features designed so participants can experience a variety of animal behaviors to better understand the diversity of life. They can leap like a frog or hop from nest to nest like a bird while enjoying an exciting workout. 336-288-3769, ext.1402, or skywild.org.

More sites

The nation’s first zipline canopy tour opened in 1998 at Earthshine Mountain Lodge (now called Earthshine Discovery Center) in Lake Toxaway. Today, the numbers of aerial parks and ziplines in North Carolina  keeps climbing. They include:

The Gorge
Saluda
828-749-2500
thegorgezipline.com

ZipQuest Waterfalland Treetop Adventure
Fayetteville
919-488-8787
zipquest.com 

Navitat Canopy Adventures
Barnardsville
919-626-3700
navitat.com

Nantahala Outdoor Center Zipline and Adventure Park
Bryson City
828-785-4837
noc.com 

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours
Bryson City
866-699-2402
adventureamericaziplinecanopytours.com

Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures
Asheville
866-699-2402
adventureamericaziplinecanopytours.com 

U.S. National Whitewater Center
Charlotte
704-391-3900
usnwc.org

Sky Valley Zip Tours
Blowing Rock
855-475-9947
skyvalleyziptours.com

Screaming Ziplines
Zionville
828-898-5404
screamingziplines.com

Hawksnest
Seven Devils
(800) 822-4295
hawksnestzipline.com

RidgeRunner Ziplines
Andrews
828-421-8119
ridgerunnerzips.com

Big Woods Zip Line and Canopy Tour
Boonville
704-706-9165
bigwoodszipline.com

Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tours
Westfield
336-972-7656
carolinaziplines.com

Richland Creek Ziplineand Canopy Tour
Asheboro
336-629-9440
richlandcreekzipline.com

Earthshine Discovery Center
Lake Toxaway
828-862-4207
earthshinediscovery.com

The Beanstalk Journeyat Catawba Meadows
Morganton
800-979-3370
thebeanstalkjourney.com

Kersey Valley
Archdale
336-802-1962
kerseyvalleyzipline.com

Boulderline Adventure Program
Lake Lure
828-625-4913
boulderlinezip.com

Canopy Ridge Farm Zip Line Tours
Lake Lure
828-625-4500
canopyridgefarm.com

Xtreeme Challenge
Weddington
704-236-6729
xtreemechallenge.com

Shallotte River Swamp Park
Ocean Isle Beach
910-687-6100
shallotteriverswamppark.com

Ghost Town in the Sky Zipline
Maggie Valley
ghostowninthesky.com
(No phone listed at press time. Opening delayed until 2016. See website for updates.)

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