TreeTops New River Gorge Canopy Tour
The TreeTops canopy tour is everything I love in a zip line tour – natural surroundings, great scenery and a bunch of really fun zip lines. They make it a point to tell you that they tried to integrate the course into the natural surroundings and they have succeeded spectacularly!
Their website is attractive and has lots of good content. The only issue I had with it was that it was very slow to load. Now it could have been my connection, but I’m thinking there were probably some issue on their end. The good news is that they have a huge phone number and live chat link at the top of the pages so it is easy to get around the slow site.
The staff has a friendly outdoorsy attitude that I felt immediately comfortable around. They clearly understand how lucky they are to be there. After a quick safety demonstration and a few minutes using a low training zip line it was time for the main event. The course itself is in a nearly ideal setting – a mixed evergreen and deciduous forest in a scenic ravine complete with its own creek.
There are a total of ten zip lines up to 730 feet long. I’m not sure of the official height, but a couple of them had to be at least 60 or 70 feet up if not higher. There is also a selection of bridges and three short but somewhat steep walking sections. The end includes a pretty high rappel which caused a few people a moment of concern but was enjoyed by all when it was said and done.
There are two things that really make the TreeTops course exceptional. One is the way they have managed to integrate it into the forest. A lot of canopy tours are built-in a way that makes you feel like you are zipping through corridors with forest on either side. Here feels more like you are zipping through a wild forest – not next to the trees, but in them, through them and occasionally over them. It makes all the difference! The second is that the guides take the time to educate you on the environment you are enjoying. They point out the different types of trees and any wildlife you happen to see.
The canopy tour is reasonably priced at $109 per person. You must be 10 years of age or older and between 90 and 260 pounds. With a location in the New River Gorge area, there is a ridiculous number of other outdoor adventures available from rafting to climbing to orbing and way too many more to list here. We combined our zip lining adventure with a day of rafting on the nearby Gauley river and it was a spectacular couple of days. Being as this is not an easy place to get to – 200 miles from Columbus OH, Pittsburgh PA and 300 miles from Washington DC, you really should plan a three-day weekend and do a day of rafting and day of zipping and some hiking or climbing. They offer packages for just about everything so plan ahead and you can put together a pretty exciting couple of days!
For more information, or to make a reservation, visit their website at http://www.newrivergorgecanopytour.com/ or call 877 811-5321. You will not be disappointed!