A zip line is also known as an aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide, and the flying fox. As the names suggest, it's high adventure. At Lake Lanier Canopy Tours, it's an adventure the whole family can share. Owner Shane Sullards says that zip lining gives you the feeling of flight: "Flying through the trees like a bird, feeling the breeze, viewing the land and lake from above. Zip lining is an experience like no other!"
A zip line consists essentially of a pulley suspended from a cable. Attached to the pulley by a secure harness, the user is propelled along the cable, usually by the force of gravity. Kids make their own zip lines in their back yards, but canopy tours can take you on longer and higher rides. You can bring your fear of heights with you but you'll probably lose it somewhere along the way.
Sullards insists that "Zip lining is something that most of the population can do, even those timid souls that think they can't - the Legacy Tour starts low and slow and many a guest has overcome some perceived fears on the Legacy Tour!" Visitors tend to agree, even those who thought they were terrified of heights. Family groups including grandparents and kids as young as eight and nine years old, have the time of their lives.
Lake Lanier Canopy Tours offers seven different zipline tours to chose from, for different levels of adventure. Each line takes you on a trip from tree to tree, and across the lake. All trips begin with a friendly greeting from the 'one of a kind' guides, who gear up visitors and answer any questions. Everyone begins with a teaching line, where they learn how to zip, as well as the signals and tips for the best experience. When everyone in the group is comfortable, they move on to the zip line.
The most family friendly zip line is the Legacy tour. It's also the most popular, soaring twice over Lake Lanier. The Pine Isle tour is for the adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies. It has racing lines, speeds over 40 miles per hour, and views of the lake.
Night trips add a different dimension to the experience, says Sullards: "Night tours offer all the fun of a daytime tour with the extra excitement of traveling through the trees by moonlight. This is a perfect tour for those that are worried about being up high in the trees. The dark makes it so, you have no idea how high you really are."
There is special gear for for night trips, he adds, and headlamps are used to move over the course consisting of cleverly constructed sky bridges, zip lines and platforms. Night trips also include treetop games, and there's Full Moon Zipping for an out of the world experience. For those who want extra frights, there's the Haunted Legacy tour for Halloween.