This past week, Shannon and I headed up to the mountains of backasswards North Carolina for a little ziplining awesomeness. After first learning about Navitat's California location last year on TPR, their Asheville location was something we just HAD to check out for ourselves. Afterall, it's been considered one of the best canopy tours in North America, so we felt it was our civic duty to put that claim to the test!
If you're ever in the Dollywood neighborhood, Navitat
is just a two hour ride east through the mountains. As a bonus, Asheville, N.C. (if you can get past the countless dirty hippies) was just crowned "Beer City, USA."
Anyway, here's how the Navitat Canopy Tour stats look:
- 10 ziplines, ranging from 120 to 1100 feet in length
- 2 rappelling experiences, 2 suspended sky bridges, 3 short hikes
- Take in beautiful long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from artfully crafted tree platforms
- Explore the forest from 2 feet to over 200 feet in the air!
- An approximately 3.5-hour tour on well over one mile of suspended cable
- 8 guests maximum per tour departure time accompanied by 2 professionally trained Canopy Guides
- An all-weather adventure, exhilarating rain or shine!
While 1100 feet probably doesn't threaten many records out there, that just might change a bit. Our guide informed me that they're currently in the process of building some much longer lines for next year in an attempt to "break some records." I believe he said 3000 feet long would be the shortest, but don't quote me on that.
As for the tour, we LOVED it. It was quality all around, from the excellent location to the friendly and efficient guides, this place rocks. Time to let the pictures help the words.
EDIT: Just realized that my batch re-sizer grabbed those "construction pics" and re-sized them wrong. Sorry.