NEAR WESTMINSTER, SC
Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours | Near Westminster, SC
Fly through the Trees
It’s not for elite athletes only, although a bit of fitness will certainly come in handy. Ziplines are all the rage these days and with good reason. You get a traditional bird’s eye view, an exhilarating rush, and a good time with bragging rights.
The Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours is in the upper, western area of South Carolina. This is apple country and outdoors country. On any given weekend you’ll see bicycles, rafters, and folks generally out having a good time. Zip-lining is another option.
When you go, take note (if you can focus) of the forest floor, which is covered in mountain laurel as well as rhododendron, flame azaleas and other remarkable plants. Depending on the time of year, the area can be shockingly beautiful.
A bit nervous? Don’t be. The equipment is safety tested, and the Canopy Rangers are trained to industry standards. You’ll navigate ground school first, learning safety tips and techniques. A hoist up to the platform gets things going. Then, the fun really begins, with four bridges, 12 ziplines and five zips across Academy Lake. What a way to see a good portion of 19 beautiful acres, including Wildwater Chattooga (for rafting, later), and the lake.
WOW Factor: Are you kidding? Scream factor is more like it. Of course you should be in reasonably good physical condition. Don’t indulge if you’re pregnant. You’ll be trained, and accredited professionals are nearby. Weather permitting, you can enjoy the Canopy Tours during three seasons.
Hint: Leave the cell phone in the car. Wear collared shirts and long pants or long shorts for a more comfortable ride. Stay on the property at a cottage if you’d like to extend the three-hour fun to include river rafting, a whitewater kayak clinic, lake kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Save time to explore the quaint mountain towns in the area.
Learn more: wildwaterrafting.com
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