Flying across 3,500 feet of lines suspended above the rolling foothills below, visitors at Eagles Wings Zipline can expect an adrenaline-packed experience during zipline tours that can last up to 2.5 hours. Sometimes up to 75 feet above the ground on lines that span more than 1,000 feet in length, zipliners can reach top speeds over 40-miles-per-hour while safely suspended from the sturdy lines. The course also includes thrilling components such as a bridge suspended 100 feet over the forest floor, suspended ladders that connect platforms, and at least two areas where visitors inadvertently scream and giggle like toddlers.
Though the staff at Honeysuckle Hill Farm cultivates livestock and crops of seasonal produce, its other chief resource is outdoor adventure. Through their seasonal tours, farm staffers teach adults and children about farm operations, the basics of agriculture, and which fabrics scarecrows find itchy. They also give visitors a chance to work their way through labyrinthine corn mazes. At birthday parties, younger visitors can pet the resident animals, pan for gemstones at an artificial stream, and race each other in pedal-powered carts. Away from the fields, Association for Challenge Course Technology–certified guides and their guests soar down a one-mile zipline course designed and built to ACCT standards. The guides lead tours through the course’s three elevated towers, three canopy-level bridges stretched across Battle Creek, and eight ziplines, which they maintain daily to chase away loitering vigilantes. Along the way, guides showcase their knowledge of the creek’s history while pointing out local flora and fauna.
Deep in the verdant expanse of the Lark Valley, the forest’s leaves rustle as a blurry figure glides by. The creature flying across the forest canopy isn’t a bird or acrobatic sport’s mascot returning to its natural habitat. It’s a person strapped into 1 of 10 ziplines at Lark Ranch, which extend more than 1 mile through the surrounding area. Guests slip into safety harnesses and helmets before clipping in the suspended steel cables and soaring high above the valley’s varied topography of lakes, forests, and fields of blossoming holiday sweaters. Elsewhere, lush crops sprout around festive pumpkin patches, encouraging visitors to become one with harvest-time happiness.
The tallest of the 40 climbing stations at Vertical eXcape stretch 32 feet into the air. On these stations, climbers navigate their way through 12,000 square feet of textured climbing surfaces as they dangle beneath overhangs and haul themselves up slabs. Most of the walls are fitted with a classic top-roping belay system; seven of them have TruBlue auto-belay devices for those climbers without extra-long arms. Climbers can also develop their agility and strength while bouldering or sport climbing, and brush up on skills during climbing classes. Those who want to practice their upward mobility in the great outdoors can arrange for one of the guided trips to any number of staff-favorite climbing locations.
Staffers at Adventureworks understand that the best adventures are the ones that take you out of your element. That's why they've outfitted the towering trees in their 1.7-acre forest with a 55 element aerial adventure course. Over the course of their 2 hour tours, guides send visitors on an adventure filled with avian wildlife and sky-high views of the ground below.
Adolescent ascenders, ages 7–12, can safely channel their inner mountain goat on more than 12,000 square feet of scalable surfaces at Nashville School of Climbing's summer camps. For three hours a day over five days, skilled instructors guide junior climbers through basics skills, terminology, and interactive games. Rockhoppers' Camp (ages 7–9) and Cliffhangers' Camp (ages 10–12) boast a three to one camper to counselor ratio, and give parents plenty of free time to catch up on all the cartoons they TiVo'd. The cost of the camp includes harness and shoe rental, instruction, and a daily snack.