Zip Through Virginia’s Fall Foliage
by Casey | Posted on October 9th, 2012
Noted for 15 million acres of foliage, Virginia is a spectacular place for fall zip line adventures. Bring the whole family (ages 7 and up, generally) and experience the natural beauty from a unique vantage point – the tree tops!
Bear Mountain Ziplines in Luray is actually seven zip lines totaling 2,700-feet and racing up to 35 miles per hour through the canopy. Aptly dubbed “Mama Bear,” this ride certainly means business. After the training session and the practice zip line, you’ll be ready for a ride on Mama’s back with no problem at all.
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing in New Castle has a 900-foot zip line that will surely be the highlight of your day-long family adventure. Visit any Saturday or Sunday and enjoy the 50-foot climbing wall with an instructor, a turn down the zip line, an unguided hike out to Bluff Overlook and back, and an unguided canoe ride down Craig Creek. $210 for four. Stay the night in Sneaky Cabin for $130 or pitch your own tent for $15.
Saturdays through October 27 are meant for the Bryce Resort Zip Line Adventure. Hitch a ride at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Take to the skies for $40 per person, and be prepared for a descent lasting an hour and 15 minutes to two hours, depending on your group size. Ten platform stations serve up over 3,500 feet of cable capable of zipping you downhill at 40 miles per hour. It’s an exhilarating rush, for sure!
Everyone from beginners to experts will enjoy The Aerial Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat in Rice. It’s the largest and first tree-top adventure park of its’ kind in Central Virginia – a challenge course of 48 obstacles including 11 zip lines. The courses vary and are rated much like ski slopes – yellow to black diamond – so you can find the trail that’s right for you. Rates are $32 to $40 and reservations are required.
Much like The Aerial Adventure Park, Go Ape Treetop Adventure in Williamsburg is an interactive challenge course that includes obstacles like rope ladders, net bridges, trapezes and yes, five zip lines. The courses are sectioned off by difficulty and caters to all skill levels. The last zip line is a 600-foot “tree-mendous finale.” Rates are $35 to $55 and reservations are strongly encouraged.
Wrap your child’s zip line adventure around a fun fall festival. Pumpkinville in Leesburg is 21 acres of fun with pony rides, moon bounces, hay wagons, mini tractor rides, a 200-foot kids’ zip line, and so much more. The zip line is only available weekends through November 4 and requires a fee in addition to the festival admission of $13 per person.
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