NORTH GEORGIA ZIPLINING
Aerial Adventure Park at Unicoi State Park and Lodge
Where: 1788 Ga. 356, Helen
Cost: $59; opening Memorial Day weekend
More info: www.unicoilodge.com or 706-878-2201
Lake Lanier Canopy Tours
Where: 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford
More info: www.lakelaniercanopytours.com or 678-622-3990
Where: 7019 S. Main St., Helen
More info: www.nacoocheeadventures.com or 706-878-9477
North Georgia Canopy Tours
Where: 5290 Harris Road, Lula
More info: www.northgeorgiacanopytours.com or 770-869-7272
Zip Line Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge
Where: 891 Old Cashes Valley Road, Blue Ridge
More info: www.zipblueridge.com or 423-496-3388
There are many ways to see the North Georgia mountains, but few compare to gliding through the open air, zipping over creeks and through trees.
Ziplining is a growing facet of the tourism industry in the area, and several parks and companies in the area offer canopy tours at various prices.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen has the newest ziplining opportunity in North Georgia with the completion of its new Aerial Adventure Park.
“The Aerial Adventure Park encompasses more than 10 ziplines across the entire park, which is really what makes it incredible,” said Morgan Stemler, a spokewoman on behalf of Coral Hospitality. “They’ve contracted the leading park system to build these ziplines. They’re the safest in the whole industry.”
The aerial adventure park is the first of six coming to Georgia parks and is part of the Adventure Lodges of Georgia Program.
The park is equipped with ziplines and suspension bridges that vary in height and length. Stemler said it takes about two hours to complete. During the course, participants can enjoy panoramic views of the park and surrounding lakes and mountains.
“They also have a low-ground park with suspension bridges and different obstacles for team building,” Stemler said. “They also have a high-ropes course that’s similar to the low-ground course.”
The aerial park officially opens to the public Memorial Day weekend, and Stemler said additional levels could be added over time.
Visit www.unicoilodge.com for more information.
For Hall County residents, canopy tours are closer to home.
Lake Lanier Canopy Tours at 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford has seven canopy tour options ranging from one-hour tours starting at $30 per person to three-hour tours at $100 per person.
These tours around Lake Lanier are entertaining and guide-led, with various zip lines and multiple sky bridges, or elevated rope or suspension bridges. Tours are available for beginners and experienced zipliners.
For more information on Lake Lanier Canopy Tours, call 678-622-3990 or visit lakelaniercanopytours.com.
North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula offers additional ziplining options.
Located at 5290 Harris Road, the company has two tours. The first is $69 two-hour sky bridge tour, which includes two sky bridges, two nature walks and the longest zipline on the course. The second is an $89 three-hour tour with more than a mile of cable. It crosses three ponds and the North Oconee River.
For more information on North Georgia Canopy Tours, call 770-869-7272 or visit www.northgeorgiacanopytours.com.
Nacoochee Adventures in Helen, formerly known as ZipNTime, has canopy tours ranging in price from $20 to $99 per person. The company, at 7019 S. Main St., has five different tours, including a $20 “little zip” for children and a $69 tour through an authentic 1800s gold mine.
For more information, call 706-878-9477 or go to www.nacoocheeadventures.com.
Finally, a little farther north is Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge at 891 Old Cashes Valley Road in Blue Ridge.
Tours range in price from $49 to $89 and include 13 zips, 12 tree-level canopy decks or platforms, three sky bridges and two raised towers for zipline launching. More than 6,000 feet of cable covers a 165-acre tract of land, including a valley, open pastures and views of Fighting Town Creek.
For more information, call 423-496-3388 or go to zipblueridge.com.