Thermal Valley

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3218 Zacks Fork Road, Lenoir, NC 28645 3218 Zacks Fork Road, Lenoir Directions
+18282928289
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When you are on the hunt for something fun to do this weekend, head to Lenoir's Thermal Valley, NC. This place is sure to be a fun experience for the whole family!

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Report | 3 months ago
We did this on our honeymoon. It was fantastic!!!!
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Report | 8 months ago
I am so happy I made the decision to visit Thermal Valley. I felt extremely safe and I laughed so much. Craig and I sang as we took flight! I was able to maneuver the hang glider myself and I enjoyed every minute! It was so gorgeous being in the sky and looking down. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and put our (the hang gliders) safety first! The "tugger" pilot was hilarious and made me feel better about the experience! The lady who helps to sign you up was so warm-hearted and kind. You will enjoy the company as much as the ride!
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Report | 9 months ago
Craig, Laura and whole team at Thermal Valley is so nice and wonderful. I wanted to try free flight before trying free fall (sky diving) and I must say that my first experience was awesome and made me much more confident. The awesome fall sunset view made the experience much better. Highly recommended.
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Report | 10 months ago
I absolutely loved it. The moment I pulled up everyone was so incredibly nice. They explained everything in a way that I could understand. I went at 2000 ft and I got a video for $40 extra. The view was beautiful and all the pilots were so incredibly nice.
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Report | 11 months ago
Laura, Craig and Larry were awesome, as well as all their helpers and family! Olivia was wonderful as well! Thanks for an amazing experience! What an adventure! Closest thing to being a bird. Felt totally safe and secure with them. I will be back soon! -E
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Report | 11 months ago
Awesome experience! Laura and Craig were so nice and helpful. We would not hesitate to do a return trip!
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Report | 11 months ago
Great experience....Craig and his team provided a great time and were very flexible to work around some iffy weather...highly recommended!
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Report | a year ago
The whole team at Thermal Valley is absolutely wonderful! I was driving through the area and went solo and couldn't have had a better experience! I got the chance to go up in both the hang glider and the plane and both experiences were great!
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Report | a year ago
Fantastic experience! The whole team was wonderful!
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Report | a year ago
For some reason I thought I was going to run off the side of a mountain, sort of like what they do at Kitty Hawk, but I got towed way, way, WAY up in the sky, before being released. It was both exhilarating and terrifying, but what a fantastic experience. The family operation is top notch and everyone was welcoming, accommodating, professional and warm. I would not hesitate to do this again. It's a great way to see the fall foliage.
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Established: 2011

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2–10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less

Brands Used: Flytec, Northwing

Pro Tip: Call ahead. Dress in comfortable layers, bring sun protection and a friend to share the experience.

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Experience the magic of free flight.

Recommended Age Group: 18 and older

Q&A with Craig Pearson, Tug Pilot, Tandem Pilot, Instructor, Thermal Valley President

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of? To be able to share the experience of free flight

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special? At Thermal Valley, you will fly with an experienced Hang gliding instructor dedicated to making your free flight experience one you will remember for a life time.

What’s your favorite part of your job? Sharing the joys and wonder of free flight while flying among breath taking scenery of the North Carolina Mountains

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover? For more fun, take an introductory flight in our tow plane (The Dragonfly).

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