WORTH THE DRIVE: Why there’s no better time than now to plan a ziplining trip to Hocking Hills

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 3:49 PM

A bit of bravery and a thirst for adventure is all you need to tackle ziplining.

Dubbed the “Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest,” Hocking Hills offers several options to get a bird’s-eye view of the bright and beautiful changing autumn foliage that will take place this fall.

Soaring Cliffs Canopy Tours, a Super Zip and an XTreme canopy tour that takes travelers right through a waterfall and into a cave are some of the tours available from these operators. For those who would like to stay lower to the ground, there are land lover options like Segway tours to opt in on.

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Ziplining through the trees at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

With more than 10,000 acres of unbroken forest in Ohio’s Hocking Hills region, these are some of the best spots to soak up the sights of leaves turning blazing red, fiery orange and brilliant yellow and green. The more than 60 ziplines in the area provide some of the best views of the fall landscape you will be able to take in as you sail from tree to tree.

The following are ziplining and canopy tour businesses in the Hocking Hills area, each offering their own combination of zips, scenery, excitement, challenges and fun.

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Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is an award-winning facility and leader in the industry receiving honors in the state, nation and world for its ziplines. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

10714 Jackson St., Rockbridge

(740) 385-9477 | www.hockinghillscanopytours.com

This course has racked up accolades one after another including “Best Outdoor Adventure in Ohio” (Ohio Magazine), one of “The Best Ziplines in America” (USA Today) and the SuperZip being ranked in the “Top Ten Ziplines in the World” (discoverychannel.com). This is one of the best courses out there and the home of the only dual Super Zip (at more than 1,400 feet reaching speeds of 50 mph), and the “Dragon Fly — Zipline Adventure for Kids” ages 5-12. Celebrating its 11th year of operations in 2018, the three-hour spectacular canopy tour offers thrill-seekers, ages 10 and older, the unique opportunity to zip through the treetops on a network of cables and adventure skybridges suspended high above the forest floor, overlooking the natural features of Hocking Hills. And take our word for it — you’ll never forget going through a waterfall and into a cave on this course.

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is an award-winning facility and leader in the industry receiving honors in the state, nation and world for its ziplines. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

R Adventure Park

15155 Sauerkraut Road, Logan

(740) 380-1775 | www.radventurepark.com

Featuring more than 64 challenge elements as well as paintball; ATV rentals by the hour and more on 14 miles of private wooded trails on over 80 acres, this is a family friendly option for those looking for more than just zip lining adventures.

Soar through the beautiful scenery of forests, hills, waterfalls and rock formations at Soaring Cliffs in Rockbridge in the Hocking Hills region. (Source: Soaring Cliffs Facebook)

Soaring Cliffs

24719 Miller Road, Rockbridge

(855) 947-4386 | www.soaringcliffs.com

Soaring Cliffs is a ground-to-ground zipline course unlike most courses up in the trees. The tour includes 10 ziplines on a property that is filled with recess caves, exposed rock faces, and breathtaking views of the hocking hills region. As the only course that has a hands-free braking system, you can relax and enjoy the experience and views from over 200 feet off the forest floor.

Valley Zipline Tours

3465 Duffy Road SE, Lancaster

(740) 654-3392 | valleyziplinetours.com

This course features more than a mile of zipping over 11 zip lines including three monster zips of nearly 1,000 feet, each towering above the valley. They also have an exciting dual racing zip where you can race a friend to the finish line.

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