Worth The Drive: A Superlative Roundup of Zip Line Tours

Flying is just a few hours away.

Photograph courtesy Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

If you’re ready to leave cabin fever behind, why not zoom away from it on a zip line? Here are five travel-worthy zip line tours—organized by what they’re best at—where you can bust out of your hibernation.

Prettiest: Red River Gorge

If you’re looking to see something beautiful, it doesn’t get much more awesome (in the literal sense of the word) than Red River Gorge. This tour takes two to three hours and includes a final line that runs 300 feet above the gorge. $89.99 per person, 2-3 hours. Red River Gorge Zip Line Tours, 455 Cliffview Rd., Campton, KY, (606) 668-6222, redrivergorgezipline.com

Biggest Thrill: Dagaz Acres Ultimate Zipline

Nota bene: The Dagaz Acres Ultimate Zipline Tour is for “adrenaline junkies and experienced zippers.” This tour takes you to Dagaz Acres’ longest and fastest lines (The Big and Little Nasty, respectively). It also includes a trip across a balancing bridge (think tightrope, but with ropes to hold onto and also a harness) and the Pirate Bridge, a narrow 90-foot-long suspension bridge strung between treetops. Your heart will race. $70 per person. Dagaz Acres 12444 Antioch Rd., Rising Sun, IN, (812) 594-2727, dagazacres.com

Most Unique: Louisville Mega Cavern Mega Zips
There is only one place in the world that you can zip line underground, and it’s in Louisville.

Cross Canyon - High Res.You can spend up to two-and-a-half hours in the former limestone mine zipping from platform to platform. You’ll also learn while you go: the tour takes the opportunity to teach you about the geology and history of the location. Cost varies per day, between $59-79 per person. Louisville Mega Cavern Mega Zips, 1841 Taylor Ave., Louisville, KY, (877) 614-6342, louisvillemegacavern.com

Most Family-Friendly: Big Zipper

The Big Zipper Tour is a little lighter on the wallet, so you can bring along a large group of people and not get bogged down. It also has no age restriction, although you do have to weigh at least 60lbs to ride. This tour goes across five lines and has a little bit of hiking in between. $40 per person. Big Zipper Zip Line Experience, 8094 Taylor Mill Rd. North, Maysville, KY, (606) 564-8283, bigzippermaysville.com

Best Action-Hero Experience: SuperZip

The Hocking Hills SuperZip Tour is about as close to being a superhero as it gets. To even get to the launch pad, you go across elevated walkways and up through tree platforms. Once you reach the top, you fly down the zip line in a superhero position: Think King’s Island’s “Firebird,” but over a cliff and above a river. $109 as part of Canopy Tour, $30 stand-alone, $15 for each additional ride. The Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, 10714 Jackson St., Rockbridge, OH, (740) 385-9477, hockinghillscanopytours.com

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