Family Adventure: Zip Lining At The Gorge

Last few days of July and we wanted to sneak in a few more adventures before the gear up of college and high school. Late July days are always perfect for a trip to the mountains. For our adventure we chose zip lining or more correctly, a 3 hour zip line tour through the tree tops!

We did our research, then went with our gut and chose The Gorge in Saluda, NC. It helped that it was just under 2 hours from our house and there were other outdoor activities nearby, like white-water rafting, kayaking and river float-trips.

This was my first time at a zip-line course. When we were in Ecuador, Dan and the kids took an incredible zip-line tour in the cloud forest on Mindo. I couldn’t go because earlier in the trip I broke my arm rappelling down a waterfall, but that’s another story. I was very excited about this trip.

First off, The Gorge is extremely easy to get to. Second, the office is gorgeous. I could live in the office. Seriously, I could live there. The view is spectacular. In the middle walkway, as you come in, there are several very comfy chairs, placed in a circle around a table carved from an old tree trunk. It ‘s the perfect place to relax and have a beer or soda after your tour. It’s a great place to talk to the friendly staff, introduce yourself to one of the gracious owners, Sara, and chat with other zip line enthusiasts.

But we came for the tour. And the tour was fantastic. It’s billed as the steepest and fastest canopy tour in the country. It’s fast. Rocket fast. Watch the video of our tour and listen for the sound of the zip line!


Our guides took all the pictures during the trip and we bought them afterwards. Such a great idea! 

So this was in the summer. Can you imagine the view in the fall? We hope to go back and bring you more videos. In the meantime, where will you go?









  1. Wow, what fun! Looks beautiful, and you’re right, it must be spectacular in the fall.
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  2. Yikes, that looks like fun. I went zip lining near Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas Mexico and in Costa Rica. I agree, there’s no better way to experience a forest than from its treetops.
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  3. Ziplining crosses all boundaries of age doesn’t it and is great fun for all involved. I’m due for my annual ziplining fix; the last one was a scenic tour of Catalina Island in California.
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  4. This looks like such a fun day! I would love to do this zipline if I’m ever near The Gorge. Great to have the video and photos as a memento.
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  5. This gorge looks beautiful and the zip lining looks like a blast! I imagine the view in the fall is magnificent. I loved the video!
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  6. We’ve never zip-lined although we’ve been in several places where the experience was available. Now that I’ve seen your video it looks like something we’ll have to try! I’ll have to check out your recommendation about the zip-lining through the cloud forest on Mindo since we’re here in Ecuador.
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  7. The view in the fall might be beautiful enough to get me out there :)
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  8. I don’t do zip lines, but if I did this one sounds fab! When our first born went off to college, he picked this as Hana for a final family vacation,
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  9. Loved this post because most people do ziplines in exotic places, not ones two hours from home!
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