Woman zip lining at NOC in Smoky Mountains

Ziplining in the Smoky Mountains

Enjoy a truly bird’s-eye view of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you fly between the trees on a North Carolina zipline tour. These high-flying adventures offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, plus a unique perspective on the trees and plants that call our Smoky Mountain forests home.

There are zipline adventures for everyone, from the most daring thrill-seekers to the youngest family members. Mountaintop tours fly from one ridgeline to the next at top speeds, while adventure parks boast challenging treetop obstacle courses and exploration opportunities for kids as young as 3 or 4 years old.

Experienced guides lead tours safely from the forest floor to the treetop canopies, sharing their rich knowledge of the old-growth forests, peaks and coves you’ll explore. Each season of the year offers a new backdrop to your adventure, from the fresh green leaves and clear views of spring to the brilliant palette of changing foliage in fall.

Zipline outfitters offer other fun attractions beyond their signature ziplines. A massive 80-foot swing makes adventurous riders feel like kids again. And those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can tour the forest by jeep or UTV.

These popular mountain zipline tours will make for an unforgettable North Carolina getaway.

Highlands Aerial Park
We have combined the alpine adventure courses of Europe with the rain forest canopy tours of Central America to create Highlands Aerial Park. Located at an elevation 3,400 feet high atop High Holly Mountain, with long-range views of mile-high Blue Ridge Mountain ranges of Georgia and North Carolina. The lush, virgin, old-growth forest infused with peaks and knolls, whose creeks and springs carve gorges and waterfalls, creates a wondrous natural terrain ideal for this ecologically-inspired family adventure park.
9625 Dillard Road Scaly Mountain, NC 28775 (828) 526-8773 www.highlandsaerialpark.com Get Directions
Nantahala Outdoor Center
NOC Zip Line NOC offers multiple aerial adventures, making it the perfect stop for families of all ages! NOC’s premier zipline experience is the Mountaintop Zip Line Tour – taking you above the canopy and into the open air as you zip from ridgeline to ridgeline, building up to the Mega Zip with 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Stop by NOC’s Zip Line Adventure Park for a multi-level challenge course featuring 16 aerial adventure elements and our dual 550’ Wesser Zip Line. For the little ones, Treetop Adventure Nets is the perfect starter aerial adventure. Kids as young as 3 can enjoy this 100% net based aerial playground!
13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 785-5082 www.noc.com Get Directions
Wildwater Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center
Enjoy ziplining for the whole family in the Nantahala Gorge! Soar from tree to tree with our five full canopy tours including ziplines, sky bridges, rappelling and more. Guided by 2 Rangers, your group is sure to feel safe, and have fun! Enjoy a train and canopy combo trip on the Tarzan Train! Climb aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City and ride along Fontana Lake up into the Nantahala Gorge. Continue your adventure with a fully guided zipline tour! All transportation is included in this package.
10345 Hwy. 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 (866) 319-8870 wildwaterrafting.com Get Directions