Navitat Canopy Adventures Launches New Mountaintop Zipline Tour In North Carolina

Friday, May 16, 2014
Navitat Canopy Adventures has launched the Blue Ridge Experience, an unprecedented ridge-to-ridge zipline tour in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Featuring the longest and some of the highest ziplines in the Southeast, the new tour flies riders side by side through the sweeping natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“The Blue Ridge Experience is all about flying high, flying fast and soaking up the amazing scenery in these beautiful mountains,” said Abby Burt, NAVITAT Branding & Marketing leader. “We’re thrilled to be offering this massive new ziplining experience to our guests.” 

The new tour includes three pairs of “racing-style” ziplines, uniquely engineered to give guests an exhilarating ride. Two at a time, guests are seated securely in harnesses and escorted by a guide to the end of a platform where they brace themselves with their feet against a gate. The guide releases the gate, and the zippers take off. A special braking system automatically reduces the speed of the riders as they approach the end of the zip, allowing them to focus exclusively on the experience and the views.

“We designed the Blue Ridge Experience to be a tour just as suited to first-time zippers and guests of nearly all ages, as it is to thrill-seekers,” said Ms. Burt. “So far, guests are giving this new tour rave reviews.”

On the tour, zips range from 1,100 feet in length to one that is nearly three-quarters of a mile long. The highest is more than 350 feet off the ground, and on some zips riders reach speeds of up to 60 m.p.h.

The tour also features three scenic hikes, with incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and farmland and long-range vistas nearly 20 miles to the west and north into Tennessee.

The Blue Ridge Experience is an adrenaline-packed complement to NAVITAT’s original Moody Cove Adventure tour, which is consistently called one of the best zipline canopy tours in the nation. 

All tours run daily through November. Cost for the Blue Ridge Experience is $69 per person Sunday-Friday and $79 on Saturday and holidays. Cost for the Moody Cove Adventure is $89 Sunday-Friday and $99 on Saturday and holidays. The Ultimate, a package that includes both tours, is also available. Cost is $135 per person Sunday-Friday and $155 on Saturday. Reservations are required for all tours. Visit www.navitat.com or call 1-855-NAVITAT (855-628-4828) for more details and to book.


TVRM’s Historic Steam Locomotive #4501 Is Ready For Tennessee Valley Railfest

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) on Wednesday announced the return of its iconic Steam Locomotive 4501 to operation. TVRM has been restoring Locomotive 4501 over the past three  years and she will make her public debut at Tennessee Valley Railfest on Sept. 6 and 7.  The locomotive last ran in 1998 and has patiently waited for a complete overhaul.  ... (click for more)

Rock Out Labor Day And Beyond In Tennessee

 If there’s one place travelers can get a music smorgasbord, it’s Tennessee. In each corner of the state and areas in between, music rooted in bluegrass, rock, soul, country, and gospel can be heard from porches in small towns to concert stadiums in burgeoning cities. From the nation’s biggest Labor Day celebration in Knoxville to celebrating local and national talent in Nashville ... (click for more)

16-Year-Old Shot Near Emma Wheeler Homes

A 16-year-old was shot near Emma Wheeler Homes on Sunday night. At approximately 7:40 p.m., Chattanooga Police received a call of a person shot from a local hospital. Officers spoke to the victim, a 16-year-old black male, who was transported to a local hospital in a personal vehicle. The victim’s injury is minor and non-life threatening. Investigators spoke to the victim ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)