Ziplines were originally invented for just two functions: sneaking hamburgers over the Berlin Wall and zazzing up presidential entrances to State of the Union addresses. Put gravity in its place with today's Groupon to Wildwater Zipline Canopy Tours. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a zipline adventure for one (up to a $79 value).
- For $150, you get a zipline adventure for four (up to a $316 value).
Each adrenaline-charged outing from Wildwater Zipline Canopy Tour takes patrons gliding above lush woodland expanses while suspended from a secure network of treetop cables. Before all tours, canopy rangers certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology prepare patrons for their trip across Mother Nature's clothesline by outfitting them with a helmet, full-body harness, gloves, zipline trolley, and delicate spritz of hummingbird repellent. Patrons receive a pretour instructional briefing, and two professional guides accompany each group for added safety. Once duly prepared, adventurers stoke their inner Tarzans while traversing the course’s nine zipline sections, 13 platforms, and three sky bridges past mountain vistas and spectacular Asheville skyline views.
For all tours, patrons must wear closed-toed shoes and are advised to dress in comfortable but modest clothes, with respect to the fact that all accouterments are contained in a snug full-body harness for the duration of the tour. Aerial excursions last 2.5 hours, affording participants plenty of time to recite Leo's best lines from Titanic.
Jim and Jeanette Greiner have been helping people escape the concrete ecosystems of everyday life since 1971. That's the year that they founded Wildwater, and as its name suggests, it started as a rafting outfitter that led groups down the rushing waters of the Chattooga River. Today, Wildwater's trained guides still navigate a number of rivers—the Ocoee, Nantahala, and Pigeon, in addition to the Chattooga River—but they've expanded their reach to the land as well. The company offers canopy tours with a combination of ziplines and elevated bridges, inviting guests to take a thrilling trip through the treetops. If clients prefer to stay within a few feet of the ground, they can opt for jeep tours that explore paths beyond the main roads.
Since Wildwater's team values the beauty of the natural environment, they embrace eco-friendly practices intended to help protect the areas they explore. Each of the company's locations strives to minimize its impact by using solar-powered water heaters for the showers, composting leftover food, and painting all of the outdoor equipment with chlorophyll.