What You'll Get
When humans developed upright posture and huge brains, they left the care of the tree canopies in the hands and foothands of slovenly, irresponsible monkeys who still haven't paid their first month's rent. Take back the treetops from pathetically evolved furballs with today's deal: for $40, you get a two-hour, high-course zip line tour of Carolina's canopyscape from Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour (up to an $80 value), the newest tree-centered thrill ride that rockets eco-friendly tree tourists through the air in speedy style under the watchful shadow of Pilot Mountain. All equipment is included.
Before feeling the whoosh of tree trunks rush by you on either side, each Tarzan-in-training must fill out some basic paperwork, sit in on a brief safety orientation, and then strap on some cable networking devices so that they can interface with the practice cable. After a 15-minute orientation, you'll be ready to climb the ladders to the 12 wooden platforms and 11 steel cables of the High Course. After warming up with some shorter hops from platform to platform, you'll be ready to attempt the 1,100-foot final stretch, which sends you sailing majestically through the canopic zone at vertiginous speeds of up to 50 MPH. During this platform-jumping megazip, you'll enjoy excellent birds-eye views of the Carolina treetop ecosystem, the distantly majestic forest floor, and raven-eyed zipliners may even spot ancient forest deities still imprisoned in tree trunks by magic runes.
The zipline tour's roots extend all the way to Costa Rica, where rainforest-based scientists began using ziplines as a tool for studying canopy ecosystems with maximal ease and minimal environmental impact. Founder Robert Nickell's Pilot Mountain property combines speed-fueled thrills, tree-swinging tree swinging, and a high-flying opportunity to express humanity's unifying hatred of gravity. Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour is roughly 45 minutes from Greensboro, so hop on Rush and zoom over for a cable experience not even DirectTV can match.
Must sign waiver. Must be 13 years or older with a maximum weight of 275 lb. to participate.
- There's something out of place in this land of discount tire stores and tobacco fields. It's exotic. It's adventurous. And just because it's not native to Tarheel country doesn't mean it doesn't belong. Robert Nickell lives in the shadow of Pilot Mountain, just off the road bearing his surname. This is where his three kids grew up, property he's owned since 1989. And since the Fourth of July, it's where he has operated a business rooted in the rainforests of Costa Rica. — Katie Reetz, News & Record
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 add'l as gifts. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. 48 hour cancellation policy or Groupon is forfeited. Valid for adults only (13 years and older). Maximum weight is 275 lb. per person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour
Standing on a platform, eco-tourists pause to admire the view before stepping from their perch to soar across a high wire and admire the complex ecosystem of animals, plants, and Swiss Family Robinsons that lives in the scenic canopy. This moment—both tranquil and adrenaline-filled—occurs every day at Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tours, where experienced guides lead safely harnessed visitors on excursions through the verdant treetops of the Carolina forests nestled in the shadow of Pilot Mountain, near Hanging Rock State Park. The zipline course weaves from platform to platform, culminating in a 1,000-foot-long uninterrupted soar. After tours, guests can linger to have a picnic on the historic grounds, enjoy a bonfire when the weather’s cool, or even stay overnight in a cozy inn.