As versatile as a good sweater vest, cable can be used to lasso stray alpacas, hold up pants, and prove Maniac Magee's impressive knot-untying skills. Explore this miracle cord's myriad functions with today's Groupon: for $45, you and a friend get an Eco-Adventure Canopy Zip Tour from Adventureworks (a $108 value), which is less than an hour's drive from downtown Nashville.
Seated in an elegant safety harness, each participant will fly through a 40-acre old-growth forest on a series of zip lines as long as 600 feet and as high as 85 feet above ground. If your keen intellect and quick wit need more stimulation than leaves and branches, glean sage wisdom from an Adventureworks guide as he or she points out the passing native flora and fauna. Fall is the ideal time to zip through trees, with the colorful leaves falling like celebratory confetti, welcoming humans to their newfound canopy habitat. Each of Adventureworks’ 90-minute tours can accommodate 10 people, keeping the experience at once social and intimate. Zips must be scheduled in advance and are available Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
A zip line is a pulley suspended on a steel cable, which is mounted on an incline attached to the earth’s surface. Originally invented to transport people and supplies across canyons, it quickly became a popular way to tour the jungles of Central and South America. Zipping took off in the past 10 years in the United States, and it became a hit for summers at ski resorts in the West and roving bands of Tarzans.
Staffers at Adventureworks understand that the best adventures are the ones that take you out of your element. That's why they've outfitted their locations in Arkansas and Tennessee with activities that pair visitors with the wonders of their surrounding environments. In Sevierville, that means swinging through the canopy in a two-level treetop adventure course that also boasts ropes courses, cargo nets, and broken bridges straight out of a Hollywood action flick. The high-altitude feat ensures guests will challenge nature and confront their fears in an environment that is both safe and entertaining.
1300 Narrows of Harpeth Rd.
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