Everett Gee used to conduct complicated legal maneuvers in Virginian court rooms. Then, he discovered his wild side: zipping through the canopies of the Eastern United States' deciduous forests. He became friends with the owner of his favorite canopy tour provider, and started to learn the business. Then, he heard that the state of Virginia was looking for new entertainments with which to populate the Shenandoah Valley. Combining his knowledge of local law and the sport of zip-lining, Everett pitched State Park officials the idea of Virginia Canopy Tours, and started his business.
He now shares the birds'-eye vision of forest escapes on canopy tours. The tree-top tour he constructed takes approximately two and a half hours to navigate, incorporating eight different zip lines, a sky bridge, air stairs, and rappelling experience. In the midst of the adventure, tourists enjoy two nature walks, one midway between the highest zipline and fastest zipline, before returning to the heart-pounding action of flying up to 90 feet above the forest floor, a joy normally reserved for birds and people with really strong wings. The second nature walk is after the final zipline and includes rappelling.
Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson once stood on the first hole's green—or at least somewhere near it—and gave a rousing speech to motivate 17,000 Confederate troops before the First Battle of Winchester on May 25, 1862. Today, Jackson's Chase Golf Club hosts more peaceful pastures atop its rolling hills, with golf clubs replacing weapons and golf balls replacing the instant smoke-cloud spheres that Jackson would use during his renowned magic shows.
Set along the undulating countryside, the 18-hole course challenges golfers of all stripes to navigate a labyrinth of unforgiving holes, such as the 191-yard 11th hole, a par 3 with a pond stationed around the peninsula-like green. Rental carts whisk players up and down frequent elevation changes, saving caddies from giving piggyback rides across the 6,513-yard jaunt.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,513 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 71.1 from the back tees
Four tee options available
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As the team behind Thousand Hills Riding Stables LLC, Yvonne Toone and her husband, Mark Toone, invite students to learn the art of horsemanship with assistance from their gentle steeds Nike, Gwen, and Lyric. Since her first ride at the age of 8, Yvonne has nursed a passion for equestrianism that drove her to become a licensed veterinary technician and earn her Certified Horsemanship Association certificate. She channels that passion to create a supportive, familial atmosphere where kids can learn horsemanship skills. She can even work with students as young as two in hope of developing the next generation of horse enthusiasts or merry-go-round operators.