The United States is vast and full of mountain ranges. However, on most of these mountains, there is no snow for several months out of the year which raises the question of “what exactly do you do on a mountain with no snow?”
The answer is ziplining and it’s quite possibly the best mountain adventure you can have without putting on a pair of skis. But, ziplines come in all shapes and sizes and there are plenty of unique ziplines off the mountain, too. The US has multitudes of adrenaline-pumping adventures suited to all ages and abilities. But, with 50 states and so many ziplines to choose from, here are 20 across the country that you definitely don’t want to miss out on!
Camelback Mountain Adventures
Camelback Mountain Adventures, located in the lush Pocono Mountains, is home to North America’s longest twin zip lines. The Soaring Camel Twin Zip Flyers are 4,000 feet long and take you speeding over the ski slopes of the resort and the waterslides of Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark for 90 breathtaking seconds at a top speed of 60 miles per hour. The Twin Zip Flyers start at the summit of Camelback Mountain and you and your closest friend can race all the way to the base of the mountain. Camelback Mountain is located only two hours from New York City and is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Skyline Eco Adventures
Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii
Not only is Skyline Haleakala rated one of the best zipline courses in the US, it’s been recognized as being one of the best in the world! Located in the Haleakala National Park on the Hawaiian island of Maui, their Adventure Tour will take you soaring over 90-foot drops and canyons while the fragrance of eucalyptus trees fills the air. This 90-minute tour consists of 5 ziplines, an Indiana Jones-style swinging bridge, and Hawaii’s only pendulum line that reaches speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Learn about Hawaii’s ecosystem as your guide leads you on an adrenaline-charged tour through the Haleakala Forest.
New York Zipline Adventure Tours
Hunter, New York
New York Zipline Adventure Tours at Hunter Mountain lays claim that it is the longest, highest, and fastest zipline canopy tour in North American and the second largest zipline in the world! Ride the SkyRider Tour, the second longest zipline in the world, for 4.6 miles through the Catskill Mountains from peak to peak at speeds that reach a whopping 50 miles per hour. This incredible tour lasts 3 hours. For another tremendous experience, take their Night Zipping Tour. Although it’s not on their longest course, it is totally worth getting to experience ziplining through the mountains by the light of the moon. This stunning family friendly experience also lasts about 3 hours.
Smoky Mountain Ziplines
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Soar through the skies on over 4,200 feet of cable through Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains with Smoky Mountain Ziplines. Zip along at up to 25 miles per hour on lengths up to 800 feet while soaring 150 feet in the air! Want the thrills without the walking? Don’t worry, these guys will do the heavy hauling for you and get you to the top of the mountain in M35a3 military trucks. Their 30-foot, controlled descent freestyle drop brings an added twist to your zipline adventure and their brand-new massive tower offers a unique view that only gets better as you go down the zipline. Conveniently located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Smoky Mountain Ziplines is just a few miles from the gates of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Dollywood.
Whitefish Mountain Resort Zip Line Tours
Located west of Glacier National Park in the heart of the Flathead National Forest, Whitefish Mountain Resort is known for its world-class skiing. But, in the summer months, when snow is in short supply, the resort hosts a multitude of summer activities and one of the best is their zip line tour. From the end of May through the middle of September, Montana’s longest zip line tour takes you high over ski slopes, ravines, and through the trees. The 6-line course is over 1-mile long and soars 300 feet above the forest floor. The course’s longest line is 1,900 feet long and the views will take your breath away! There is a moderate amount of hiking and tours are led by two guides who will facilitate the fun from beginning to end.
Icy Strait Point ZipRider
For some of the best zipline views in the whole US, you have to try the ZipRider at Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska. Icy Strait Point is home to the world’s largest ZipRider. Theirs’s has 6 lines that launch all at once, making it a great group or family experience. The ziplines are 5,330 feet tall and drop 1,320 feet. That’s a really steep descent and you will be quickly cruising at up to 65 miles per hour, 300 feet over the rainforest below! While the adrenaline rush will kick in on the way down, the way up to the top is definitely not wasted. You will have the chance to spot whales and see local wildlife such as bears, deer, and eagles. On a clear day you can even see the peaks of Glacier Bay National Park.
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
The Hocking Hills Region of Ohio is one of the most beautiful in the state and one of the state’s best ziplines, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, will get you some of the very best views. A variety of tours are offered ranging from an introductory tour for beginners to and X-TREME course, nighttime zipline tours, and finally, SuperZip. SuperZip is their fastest and highest zipline tour with top speeds exceeding 50 miles per hour! For an even cooler experience, combine your zipline tour with a rappelling session with a professional guide down the area’s standout limestone cliffs! One of the best times to visit is in the fall when the region’s trees are glowing in shades of red and orange.
The KapohoKine Zipline located on the Big Island is fun for the whole family and perfect for first-time zipliners and seasoned zipline pros alike. The 8-line course covers nearly two miles of breathtaking tropical gorges and soars over the Honolii River. Ride 2,400 feet on one of the longest ziplines on Hawaii Island and the only all side-by-side dual track zipline on Hawaii. Enjoy amazing views of several thunderous waterfalls as you zoom over and through the treetops. Not feeling brave today? KapohoKine has got you covered with their Walk Along Tour. Ride with your friends or family in the same vehicles as those ziplining but as they settle in for a rush of adrenaline, you will take off on foot following the zip tour on the ground. Enjoy the lush scenery of the rainforest and meet your party as they sail over Hale Ho’onanea, a 120-foot waterfall!
Stowe Mountain ZipTour
Hop on the high-speed summit Gondola to make your way to the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. From there you will take the ZipTour to descend back to the base of the mountain via a series of ziplines. Each line is a side-by-side, so you don’t have to go at it alone. Included with any ZipTour package is all day access to the Gondola SkyRide. Stowe Mountain ZipTour has something for every age, from the Demo Trainer at 150 feet long and 10 feet off the ground to the Nosedive Zip at 4,462 feet long and a hair-raising 130 feet above the ground.
Blue Streak Zip Line at Heavenly Mountain
Lake Tahoe, California
Starting over 10,000 feet above sea level, the Blue Streak Zip Line at Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain is sure to take your breath away! Two parallel 3,300 feet zip lines send you whizzing down 525 feet at breakneck speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. The Blue Streak is open year-round, although it’s a little cooler going 50 miles per hour when temperatures are already nearing freezing. A summer ride is much more enjoyable but whenever you choose to ride, the views of sparkling Lake Tahoe and the dominating surrounding mountains are sublime.
Zipline Canopy Tour at Tamarack Resort
Rated the #1 zipline in Idaho, the Tamarack Zipline Canopy Tour will get your blood pumping and your adrenaline racing! The course consists of 8 different ziplines, 2 suspension bridges, and a 105-foot tree house. Starting 1,800 feet above the valley floor you can bet you will get fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, creeks, canyons, the lush forest, and Lake Cascade. You’ll get more than just a zipline tour with a guide who will narrate your journey with interesting information about the surrounding plant and animal life and the history of the area.
Zip Line at Grand Canyon West
Peach Springs, Arizona
This brand new zipline is an experience like no other. You won’t be soaring over lush green treetops on this zipline tour, but rather over the steep orange gorges of the Grand Canyon! The Zip Line at Grand Canyon West is located at Hualapai Ranch and about a mile from the Grand Canyon Skywalk. On this unique zipline tour, you will get to fly almost 1,000 feet above the floor of one of the Grand Canyon’s side canyons at up to 40 miles per hour. There are two sets of quad-lines so you can ride alongside friends or family. The first set is about 1,100 feet long while the second, steeper line is 2,100 feet of downhill exhilaration.
Cypress Valley Canopy Tours
Located just 30 miles outside of Austin, get out of the city and get in touch with nature on an awesome eco-adventure with Cypress Valley Canopy Tours in Texas Hill Country. Tours include 5 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, and a rappel and last from 90 minutes to 2 hours. While they don’t have the highest or the fastest zipline in the country, the goal of their zipline tour is to get friends and families to reconnect and get outdoors. After your treetop adventure, keep your aerial adventure alive and spend the night in one of Cypress Valley Canopy Tours’ treehouses. During the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and during the spring and fall on Fridays, kids from 10-17 fly for free with a paying adult.
ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure
Fayetteville, North Carolina
ZipQuest has been consistently rated as the #1 thing to do in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It’s not very hard to see why with their 2 zipline adventures that offer thrills as you traverse the treetops with fantastic views of Carver’s Falls. ZipQuest’s courses have tree-to-tree ziplines, several suspension bridges, and spiral staircases. The Treetop Excursion course includes of five tree-to-tree lines, two spiral staircases and one suspension bridge. Their Waterfall Expedition course consists of eight tree-to-tree ziplines, three spiral staircases, three suspension bridges and a gorgeous view of Carver Falls.
Mega Zips at Mega Cavern in Louisville, Kentucky is probably the most unique zipline tour in the US. This adventure features six ziplines and two challenge bridges. But, the coolest part is that they are all underground! You read that right. It’s the world’s only zipline course that is completely underground. Mega Cavern is a 100-acre man-made cavern made out of a 19th century limestone quarry. The cavern has over 17 miles of underground passageways beneath the City of Louisville. A 2.5-hour zipline tour, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour and giant spotlights so you can see your shadow as you whiz by, is surely one you will never forget!
The Gorge: A Zipline Canopy Adventure
Saluda, North Carolina
This 3.5 hours zipline journey begins on the rim of the Green River Gorge. The course features 11 ziplines, 2 massive rappels, and a sky bridge. From start to finish, The Gorge zipline drops an unprecedented 1,100 vertical feet! Get in touch with nature as you zip through 10,000 acres of protected forest. The ridiculously beautiful views will have you coming back for more time on their tree-based zipline course along the Green River!
Colorado Zip Line Tour
Just 30 minutes outside of Denver, Colorado Zip Line Tour is home to Colorado’s longest and fastest ziplines. With lines ups to 1,900 feet long, and top speeds of 60 miles per hour, this Rocky Mountain zipline will give you the thrill of a lifetime! They offer several different tour lengths ranging from 2-3 hours. Micro-breweries are popping up all over the US and Colorado is no exception. Book the Zip and Sip option and after your zipline adventure you can unwind by tasting 8 different Colorado micro-brews at their neighboring pub, Colorado’s Best Beers.
Located just across the street from Smoky Mountain National Park, Climb Works offers two exhilarating zipline experiences. Their 2.5-hour Treetop zipline tour is rated the #1 zipline tour in Tennessee. This Treetop Canopy Tour has 9 ziplines, sky bridges and a unique ATV adventure to the top! The brand-new Mountaintop Zipline Tour has 5 dual-line ziplines, four aerial bridges, and a rappel. You also get the awesome ATV ride to the top for this two-hour adventure. The panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains on either tour are absolutely stunning.
Santa Margarita, California
Could there be anything better than ziplining and wine tasting? If it sounds like heaven on earth, head over to Margarita Adventures. Located in San Luis Obispo County in sunny California, Margarita Adventures has the perfect way to “Zip ‘n Sip.” Soar on six ziplines over valleys, towering oaks, mountainsides, and best of all—Pinot Noir vineyards. Opt in for the post-zipline tour wine tasting at the neighboring Ancient Peaks Winery to top-off your experience. But it’s more than zipline and wine. You’ll get a guided ziplines tour out to the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Learn about sustainable winegrowing and local wildlife. A 2.5-hour tour with over 7,500 total feet of zipline, you will feel like you deserve a glass of wine at the end for your unwavering bravery!
Canopy Tours NW Zipline Adventures
Camano Island, Washington
Canopy Tours NW is a family affair! Mr. Kristoferson bought the farm back in 1912 to raise dairy cows. But, today half of the 230-acre property is dedicated to producing certified organic lavender and hay while the other half is a forest that produces an organic, one-of-a-kind good time! 5 generations of Kristoferson’s have run the dairy farm turned zipline adventures course. This 2-hour course will take you over six zip lines, including the state’s second longest, of 660 feet for unbeatable mountain views. While a zipline course on a farm seems a bit far-fetched, the Kristoferson’s feel that it fits their mission of low-impact development and sustainability perfectly.
As the days lengthen and the winter gloom begins to fade into the distance, many of us begin to look for inspiration for exciting summer