What You'll Get
Journey over the valleys and through the woods of the Chattooga Ridge with today's side deal: for $35, you get a three-hour zipline canopy tour from Wildwater Ltd. This recently opened, way-above-the-earth adventure is the first and only experience of its kind in the area.
Riding a zipline from treetop to treetop indulges fantasies of flight and super spydom, while the scenic views inspire those with hearts made of sap and twig. The course covers more than half a mile of Sumter National Forest terrain in Longcreek, South Carolina, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from downtown Atlanta. It takes about three hours to navigate through seven bridges and 10 zipline sections, making the short drive more than worth it. During your quest across nine scenic and historic acres of South Carolina, you'll experience four Academy Lake crossings and a helicopter hoist up to the starting platform.
All necessary safety equipment is provided, including a helmet, full-body harness, trolley, gloves, and tether lines with two canopy rangers supervising each group. Collared shirts and long shorts or pants are highly recommended, and closed-toed shoes are a must. Flyers can be as young as 10 but must weight at least 70 lbs (and less than 250 lbs). See here for full requirements before calling ahead to book your treetop trip.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Must be 10 years or older. Must weigh between 70 and 250 lbs. Must wear close-toed shoes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
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.