Getting Your Adventure on in the Mountains
Ah, the mountains in the South. Beautiful, majestic and scenic – the mountains are a popular destination for many travelers year around.
And it's especially popular for those who want an added dose of adrenaline during their getaway.
So, in addition to extreme hiking, if you're looking for some heart-thumping, push-yourself-to-the-limit activities in a breathtaking backdrop, look no further than the mountains.
Zip: Growing in popularity, almost nearly anywhere you visit these days, you aren't far from a zip line tour. However, there's something unique/special/different about the tour when done in the mountains. For instance, the Foxfire Scenic Canopy Zip Line tour in Seiverville, Tenn., features a 1,500' zip, which allows itself to says it's the longest and highest tour. If you're heart isn't racing as you glide by, you might need to have it checked out. You can enjoy the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Navitat Canopy Adventures. Located about 20 minutes Asheville, N.C., their zip line tour includes 10 lines, ranging in length, two suspended sky bridges and more. If you're looking for the ultimate adventure, try the course at night. While the views are nice along the Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tour at Wildwater Adventures in Long Creek, S.C., watch out for the water. The tour ends with two dramatic lines over Academy Lake. Dubbed the “double martini lines,” one leaves you high and dry, and the other low and (possibly) wet. Which one is which? That's up to you to find out.
Climb: There's some good; no, make that greatclimbing opportunities in the South. Experience climbers need to check out Chattanooga, Tenn., for a challenge or two. In Kentucky, the Red River Gorge is waiting to be scaled by adventurers. You don't have to go by yourself, there's two outfitters that offer guided climbs. If you're interested in guided rock tours in the further South, Granite Arches offers guided tours in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va., offers a climbing program that might interest those who have rock climbing on their bucket list, but have not made in significant moves to try it.
Paddle: Get thee to the water and be prepared to get wet while having fun. It can be exhilarating as you dip your paddle into the rapids when you take on the Ocoee River in Blue Ridge, Ga., or the “wild and scenic” Chattooga in Upcountry S.C. There's the Big Pigeon River near Gatlinburg, Tenn., waiting for you to tame it. Ditto for Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area or Cumberland Falls in Sterns and Corbin, Ky., respectively. Enjoy kayaking? Step it up a bit as you go whitewater kayaking along the Cheoah River in Graham County, N.C.
Ride: If your adventure motto is, “got bike, will ride trails,” then you'll in luck, because there are trails and more trails to ride on. The hardest decision you'll have to face is deciding when and where you want to go.
As you can see, the many adventures await you in the mountains. Go make some memories and bring back stories to tell.
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