Though it prohibits us from bench-pressing cars, gravity is the best thing for getting water out of the sky and the only thing keeping football stadiums from floating away. Resist it with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a two-hour high-course zipline excursion at Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour in Westfield (an $80 value). Tours depart five times each day Tuesday through Sunday.
Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour’s guides lead high-flying visitors on an adrenaline-fueled excursion through the verdant treetops of the Carolina forests in the shadow of Pilot Mountain. To prepare for the tour, aspiring cable-riders soak in a safety orientation that teaches how to adjust harnesses, clip onto wires, call for pizza delivery, and brake with the help of a sample zip on a low-hanging line that safely acquaints novices with the feel of flight.
One by one, riders step into midair to zoom along a suspended wire to the next platform. With a total of 8 to 10 platforms set 20–80 feet above the ground, the course affords riders ample time to study the complex eco-system of animals, plants, and Swiss Family Robinsons who live at the canopy level. For the grand finale, riders scream across a mammoth 1,000-foot stretch of cable, reaching speeds of up to 50 miles an hour.
Tours for children aged 3–12 are available for $40, making this Groupon ideal for adults. Groupon-holders may purchase additional adult tickets onsite for $30 off.
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.