What You'll Get
When humans developed upright posture and huge brains, they left the care of the tree canopies in the hands and foot-hands of irresponsible monkeys that still haven't paid the first month's rent. Take back the treetops with today's Groupon: for $80, you get a two-hour, high-course zip line tour of Carolina's canopyscape for two people from Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour (up to a $160 value), a 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.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, this excursion for two gives Tarzans and Janes the opportunity to enjoy the familiar feeling of tree trunks rushing by on either side. The adventure begins with some basic paperwork, a brief safety orientation, and then some time on a practice cable to get a feel for things. After a 15-minute orientation, climb the ladders to the 12 wooden platforms and 11 steel cables of the high course. Start with shorter hops from platform to platform, before attempting the 1,100-foot final stretch, which sends riders sailing majestically through the canopic zone at vertiginous speeds of up to 50 mph. During this platform-jumping megazip, enjoy excellent bird's-eye views of the Carolina treetop ecosystem, the distantly majestic forest floor, and possibly ancient forest deities still imprisoned in tree trunks by magic runes.
The zip line tour's roots extend all the way to Costa Rica, where rainforest-based scientists began using zip lines as a tool for studying canopy ecosystems with maximal ease and minimal environmental impact. The Pilot Mountain property of Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour founder, Robert Nickell, combines speed-fueled thrills, tree-swinging tree swinging, and a high-flying opportunity to express humanity's unifying hatred of gravity. Use this Groupon to reconnect with a buddy or to sweep a significant other off their feet and into the canopy.
During February, desserts will be available for purchase at a Valentine's Day-themed covered picnic area.
The News & Record featured Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour.
- It's exotic. It's adventurous. — Katie Reetz, News & Record
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 add'l as gifts. Reservation required. Cancellation policy applies. Must be 13 or older. Must sign waiver. 275 lb. max weight 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.