Zip Line From Tree to Tree- Hocking Hills Canopy Tours!
This was a highlight from our Canopy Tours trip last year that we would LOVE to do again this year! If you have had this experience, it is well worth it! Believe me, if I can do it…. anyone can!
We drove just over an hour to get to the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. We of course just called it Zip Lining! The kids were excited, but a little scared. We arrived early, but went ahead and checked in. There is a little club house where you check in that has a gift shop and a place to get some lunch. There is a golf course right there also .
There is a video playing, so you can see what you are getting yourself into, or just decide if you want to do the canopy tour or the super zip.
The Super Zip is one long, very fast zip. You also are positioned on your stomach (the kids say like Super Man) which increases the speed and thrill.
The tour (what we did) is a 3,300 course that has 10 zips and 5 bridges on it. You are up to 70 ft high at some points (although it seemed higher than that) It takes about two hours. They say to plan on about 2 hours and 45 minutes as you have to suit up and have some training first.
Dave and the kids played some corn hole while I took pictures and sat at the picnic benches in the shade while we waited for our turn.
We had to fill out release forms and information for both us and the kids. Kids have to be at least ten years old before they can zip. The triplets are ten, so it worked out great.
When your group is gathered your guides will take you over to this building to get suited up and ready.
They have everything laid out for you and walk you through everything. They also will lock up your car keys, wallets, glasses or cameras for you in the locked lockers before you go (you don’t want to worry about losing your car keys out there! )
I had a little pouch that they tied onto my straps for me. It had my little camera (I so wanted my DSL for all these cool pictures, but I wasn’t going to risk it), my flip camera and a back up flip camera, along with a set of batteries. I think they thought I was crazy! I wish I had gotten a picture of me with this little pink thing hanging from my straps.
There was plenty of instruction the entire time. Our guides were CJ and Brenda and they did a great job. CJ was telling jokes to the kids and omg have we heard them again and again and again after we left there. When they think of the canopy tour, they think of CJ and jokes too. (Yeah thanks CJ!) For instance (just so you have an idea)… CJ, “Say the word Silk five times fast” Triplets, “Silk, Silk, Silk, Silk, Silk” CJ, “What does a cow drink?” Kids, “Milk!” CJ, “No… a cow drinks water silly!” Ugh… LOL
Once we went through our training to learn how to zip and stop, we loaded up in the jeep and they drove us through the woods to the first zip line.(This is another group coming in, not our group – but it does look like Brenda and CJ standing on the back of the jeep)
Enjoy the video of our zip line adventures!!
We had SO much fun!! When I zipped, I was able to try and hold my camera pouch up for a little bit, but had to let go to use my hand to break near the end, so the camera looks back off to the side again. Wish I could have had a helmet cam! lol
The kids had a fantastic time as I’m sure you can see on the video. Alex isn’t too sure in this picture. He didn’t like trusting the straps to lead off the edge of the tree platform. It is hard to tell from this picture, but we are way up in the air and they are leaning back off the edge.
When we got back we were heading to our car and saw this guy in the tree…. and he was kind enough to pose for us.
He looks sweet doesn’t he? The kids were talking about the movie Elf and how Elf tried to give one a hug. LOL
I totally recommend you trying this!!! It is a bit expensive ($85 per person for the canopy tour – 2011 rates) but it is over a two hour adventure, is exhilarating, makes you take some chances and an experience you will never forget.
I actually wasn’t scared, I was excited. I was concerned I wasn’t going to be able to do it. I have been having some real problems with my shoulder and have very limited range of motion. But I was able to reach up in front of me. They had me break with my right hand rather than the traditional left. There were only a couple times when I was getting up onto the platform after zipping that I had a little pain because I had to pull myself into a standing position. But I am in terrible physical shape right now. The zipping isn’t hard, the walking isn’t hard. We did have to walk up a short incline going from a bridge to the next zip on a hill, but it wasn’t bad. I sure did a lot of sweating (result of being out of shape), but I had a blast and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Be sure to make reservations!
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
10714 Jackson Street, Rockbridge
Web Site: Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
You can also see this post on my Explore Ohio with Sandy blog
Our tours were compensated. My opinions, photos and videos are my own and were not influenced by this.