Best Zip Line Adventures in and Around Atlanta
Summer is a great time to go zip lining! Take to the trees and enjoy a mid-air adventure, soaring over woodlands, lakes and rivers. There are lots of options right here in Atlanta, or just a short drive away.
Be prepared! Reservations are recommended; make them online or call ahead to check availability. Keep in mind that you’ll be asked to sign a waiver before participating. Most operations require closed-toe shoes – no flip-flops or sandals – and may have restrictions on carrying a camera. Age and weight requirements apply and vary by company. Make sure you secure any loose items; long hair should be tied back. Pricing shown is subject to change.
Treetop Quest Dunwoody
Brook Run Park, 2341 Peeler Rd., Dunwoody
Treetop Quest Gwinnett
Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford (about 65 miles from Atlanta)
With locations in Dunwoody and Gwinnett, Treetop Quest offers self-guided zip lines and obstacle courses for a variety of ages and abilities. The Chickpea course is designed for kids ages 4-6; other levels are available for those ages 7 and older. Participants are equipped with harness and gloves (plus helmets for small kids) and are taught the basics at “ground camp.” Swing through each course as many times as you want during the 2½ hours. Navigate ladders, suspension bridges and other obstacles as you hook and unhook yourself from one zip line to another, all in a beautifully shaded ecological paradise. Treetop Quest Gwinnett also has Spider Quest, a harness-free obstacle course above a giant safety net.
Know before you go: Anyone under 18 must be supervised by an adult (one adult is required for every three kids).
Cost: Adults, $51; ages 12-17, $44; ages 7-11, $44; ages 4-6, $21. Spider Quest is $19, or $10 when combined with a zip line ticket. Purchase tickets online to receive a discount.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell
One of Atlanta’s newest zip lining attractions, Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures has two courses for different age and experience levels. The Aerial Adventure course is open to those 4 and older and features fourziplines, suspension bridges, ropes, and more. The Zipline Canopy Tour highlights the center’s ecosystem and takes riders 8 and older through a total of seven zip lines and 12 challenge elements. Each course takes from 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Combine the two courses and enjoy a 3-hour adventure.
Know before you go: Children ages 4-9 must be accompanied by an adult; you must be able to climb two 65-foot towers and one 100-foot tower. Bring a lunch and enjoy the scenery at one of the center’s picnic areas.
Cost: $34.95-$79.95. Pricing does not include CNC admission fee: adults, $10; ages 13-18, $7; ages 3-12, $6).
800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta
Take a walk on the “wild side” at Treetop Trail, where visitors navigate a series of rope ladders, bridges, nets and tightrope lines on a two-level challenge. You’ll learn about tree-dwelling animals’ lifestyles and adaptations. There are no age restrictions but you must be able to safely fit into the harness. Children under 48 inches must have an adult chaperone.
Know before you go: There is a fee to visit Treetop Trail in addition to the zoo’s entrance fee.
Costs: $14.95 plus zoo admission: adults, $25.99, children ages 3-11, $16.99; children 2 and younger, free. Purchase tickets online to receive a discount.
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford (about 45 miles from Atlanta)
Lake Lanier Canopy Tours offers seven different experiences, from the one-hour Express Tour to the 3 1/2-hour Lakeside Tour. Tours vary in time frame, number of zip lines and level of activity. The adventurous Pine Isle Tour features the highest and fastest of its 11 total zip lines, with views of the lake. The Lakeside Tour has 14 zip lines and four sky bridges, but is not as “high adventure” as the Pine Isle.
Know before you go: Minimum age is 8 and minimum weight requirement is 50-70 lbs., depending on the tour. Cameras with straps are allowed.
Cost: Canopy tours are $60-$100 for all ages. Discounts are available on the website. There is a $15 gate charge to enter Lake Lanier Islands Park.
5290 Harris Rd., Lula (about 65 miles from Atlanta)
Billed as the state’s “Ultimate Zip Line Treetop Adventure,” North Georgia Canopy Tours offers two choices for zip line adventurers. The 3-hour Adventure Tour includes 12 zippiness as well as skybridges, nature walks, and a rappel. This tour also travels over the North Oconee River. The Skybridge Tour is a 2-hour, 9-zip line ride. Both end with a 695-foot two-zip line race over the Hilltop Pond.
Know before you go: If accompanied by an adult other than a parent, minors must have a copy of a parent’s driver’s license. Minimum age is 10; minimum weight is 70 lbs. Use GPS coordinates to get there rather than entering the address. This wilderness attraction offers much more, including air-conditioned teepees and other lodging options.
Cost: $69-$89, depending on the tour. For the Adventure Tour ($89), kids 10-15 “fly” half-price weekdays except holidays (one discount ticket per each full-price adult). Group discounts available weekdays for groups of 8 or more.
Historic Banning Mills
205 Horseshoe Dam Rd., Banning (about 43 miles west of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport).
Banning Mills’ Screaming Eagle is one of the world’s largest zip-line canopy courses (almost 40,000 lineal feet), with five levels to choose from. At Level 1, the Forest Tour, enjoy nine zip lines, sky bridges and a tower. Both the Forest and Woodland Tours are designed with families in mind. Screaming Eagle uses the buddy system – each climber must check in with a buddy before unclipping to transfer to another location. The Extreme Tour has extreme sky bridges that traverse the gorge at heights over 100 feet. The All-Day Rush package includes all of the zip-line tours, the Aerial Adventure Challenge Park a 100-foot controlled free fall, plus lunch at the restaurant.
Know before you go: For Level 1, participants must be at least 8 years old and weigh more than 50 lbs. All other levels: must be at least 10 years old and weigh at least 90 lbs. Screaming Eagle also has a full range of outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. Check the website for package deals.
Cost: $49-$249, depending on the tour you choose.
17800 U.S. Hwy 27, Pine Mountain (about 70 miles from Atlanta)
TreeTop Adventure is a self-guided ropes course that spans more than 3,000 feet horizontally and soars up to 70 feet above the ground. Zip lines, ranging from 44 to 700 feet long, are interspersed with challenges such as suspension bridges, swinging beams, netting and high wires. The Base Course features five zip lines and 20 challenges; the add-on Lake Course has 5 additional zip lines and four additional challenges. The Sapling Course is designed for kids ages four and older and between 36-60 inches tall.
Know before you go: For Base and Lake courses, participants must be at least 54 inches tall. This 13,000-acre family resort and nature preserve also has lodging, a butterfly conservatory, swimming, a wide range of kids’ activities, bike paths and more.
Cost: Discovery and Lake Courses, $35; Sapling Course, $15. Pricing does not include gardens admission fee: adults, $24.95, ages 6-2, $14.95; ages 5 and under, free.
Unicoi State Park
1788 Highway 356, Helen (about 85 miles from Atlanta)
Get an amazing view of the North Georgia mountains and its wildlife at this park, which is operated in partnership with Screaming Eagle Arial Adventures at Banning Mill. The Level 1 tour includes 11 zip lines, seven skywalk bridges and two towers, and soar to heights of up to 75 feet. Move on to the Level 2 tour to enjoy views over and around the Lake at Unicoi, with eight zip lines, two sky bridges and an aerial tower. For younger riders, the F6 Canopy Tour is a shortened version of the Level 1 Tour.
Know before you go: Participants must be 8 or older and a minimum of 50 pounds for Level 1 and F6; for Level 2, riders must be 10 years or older and a minimum of 90 pounds.
Cost: Level 2 Tour, $99; Level 1 Tour, $59; Level F6 Tour, $39.