If you are looking for a thrilling, electrifying, action-packed Spring adventure then by all means head for the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours in Rockbridge, Ohio where you will get an experience you won’t soon forget. Rockbridge, Ohio is approximately a 3 hour drive from Cleveland.
Hocking Hills Canopy Tour This exciting zipline canopy tour will send you soaring through the treetops (via ziplines and a network of cables and adventure sky bridges) high above the forest floor (up to 70 feet) overlooking rock cliffs, the Hocking River and a cave. Over the course of the 2.5 – 3 hour tour you will travel 3300 feet total length over 10 ziplines and 5 adventure sky bridges. Each tour consists of 8 riders which will be accompanied by professional guides.
Each guest will receive a detailed safety and equipment orientation upon arrival and then they will be outfitted with all necessary personal gear for the adventure. Guests will also be able to zip on a low training cable to practice the techniques they will need for the canopy tour.
Guests will then be transported along a 1.5 mile scenic nature trail to the Mighty Oak, the beginning of the Canopy Tour course. Special Note: Guests will be expected to rappel back to ground level at the end of the course.
In between zips, the professional guides will give guests information on local history and native vegetation and animals.
Another featured attraction at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is the new SuperZip that puts riders (2 at a time) in a” super hero” flying position where they will soar from a 75 foot tower into the forest, through the tree canopy to the edge of a rock cliff and over the Hocking River. The zipline is over a quarter of a mile long and has been known to reach speeds of 50 MPH.
The SuperZip experience will last 45 minutes to an hour and you must be under 250 pounds to participate.
Kids 5-12 now have their own zipline at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours called the Dragonfly. Consisting of 8 kid-friendly ziplines and four adventure bridges, the Dragonfly has a “continuous belay” safety system that allows children to stay connected to the cable from beginning to end. It’s a first of a kind in the zipline industry.
Family and friends can follow the children (from the ground level on mulched pathways) as they zip through the course. Children must be between 35 -140 pounds to participate on the Dragonfly. Reservations are not required but they are recommended.
The tours run regardless of most weather but not during thunderstorms, close-by lightning or high winds. Make sure to dress appropriately. Open-toed sandals, flip flops or slip-on shoes are not permitted. Sneakers or hiking shoes with good traction are required.
All jewelry and personal items like cell phones and wallets should not be taken on the tour. If you have long hair, you must tie it back. Avoid wearing short shorts and women should not wear skirts.
There are some restrictions to participating in a standard Hocking Hills Canopy Tour. You must be at least 10 years of age and weigh between 70 pounds and 250 pounds. You must have average mobility and strength. You must be able to climb the equivalent of 2 flights of stairs nonstop and be able to hike a 500 foot nature walk on an unpaved trail that includes a 10% incline. You must have the strength to pull yourself along the cable and to slow yourself using a glove to create friction on the cable.
You are not permitted to take part in a canopy tour if you are pregnant or have heart, leg or back problems. All participants must read and sign a waiver-release form.
Cost of the Canopy Tour is $89 per person. SuperZip is offering two package deals with 2 zips for $45 and 3 zips for $55. For $109 you can supersize your canopy tour and receive both the canopy tour and the SuperZip. Dragonfly has an introductory price of $29 per person and includes 2 times through the zipline course.
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is open April through November. During April and November Hocking Hills is open every Saturday and Sunday with limited days during the week. The rest of the season, it is open 7 days a week. During April the first tour is offered at 8 a.m. and the last tour begins at 6 p.m. SuperZip hours are 10 a.m. – dusk on weekends and holidays and 11 a.m. – dusk on weekdays.
For more information on Hocking Hills Canopy Tours or to make reservations call 740-385-9777 or get online at www.hockinghillscanopytours.com.
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is located at 10714 Jackson St. in Rockbridge, Ohio. It is approximately a 3 hour drive from Cleveland.