Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Tour – Seven Springs Resort
After experiencing the Screaming Hawk tour at Seven Springs a while back, I was excited to try their more comprehensive Laurel Ridgeline Tour. While Screaming Hawk is a great activity to pair with some of their other offerings, the Laurel Ridgeline tour can easily be the focus of your day.
Seven Springs is located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. The resort is huge with a hotel, variety of food choices and a good selection of other activities that could easily fill up an active three-day weekend. It is conveniently located a short drive from the Pennsylvania Turnpike about an hour east of Pittsburgh, PA.
The tour begins at the Seven Springs Adventure Center, located in the ski lodge. Once the paperwork is completed you take a quick chairlift ride to the top of the mountain, participate in the mandatory safety briefing and get ready for 3 to 4 hours of zipping fun. The zip line staff was very friendly and appeared to enjoy their jobs very much.
The first few zip lines are relatively short but fun none the less. The course is designed to allow rookies to build slowly so it makes sense. They have whimsical names for all of the features that add to the fun. From here, you get to experience a series of zip lines that zig-zag down across the ski slopes.
The first of the big kahunas is called Gunnar’s Revenge. At 900 feet long, this is a great zip line to get you excited for what is to come. From there, you ride a mid-length zip line to a very scenic deck. Another short transfer zip brings you to the second marquis zip line – Rattlesnake Run. The line is over 1,400 feet long and gives you time to relax and enjoy the ride.
After another mid-length but very high zip line (they say 100 feet high and I believe it), you approach the star of the show – the 1,500 foot Timberline Terror zip line. Don’t let the name scare you – the line is long and fast, but just pure fun. After a really enjoyable ride the tour comes to an end.
Overall, I give the Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Tour high marks for the number and quality of the zip lines. They have also done a good job of making the tour feel like a cohesive experience rather than just a series of random zips. I can’t explain it, but you seem to get more immersed in it here than at some other canopy tours. I definitely put it on my short list of canopy tours that are worth a repeat visit.
Laurel Ridgeline is priced at $95.00 per person but you get a lot of bang for the buck. Reservations are strongly recommended but they do take walk-ins on a first come, first served basis. However, this is a popular year-round resort so I wouldn’t risk going without a reservation. Call 800-452-2223, ext 7997 to make yours. The website has a very good description of the zip line tours as well as all of the other activities that are available. Please visit http://www.7springs.com.