What is a zip line???
A zip-line (also known as a flying fox, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide or tyrolean crossing)
consists of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline.
It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable,
usually made of stainless steel, by holding on or attaching to the freely moving pulley.
Zip-lines come in many forms, most often used as a means of entertainment.
They may be short and low, intended for child's play and found on some playgrounds.
Longer and higher rides are often used as a means of accessing remote areas, such as a rainforest canopy.
Zip-line tours are becoming popular vacation activities, found at outdoor adventure camps or upscale resorts,
where they may be an element on a larger challenge or ropes course.
Above content taken from: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia
History of the zip line
Canopy tours originated in the lush rainforest of Costa Rica where adventurous biologists, desperate to study the diversity of animal life that habituates the upper canopy level of forests, devised a system of cables and platforms that would allow them to explore this previously inaccessible ecosystem.
It wasn't long before this developed into a breathtaking eco-tourism activity that not only allowed people to enter and experience the upper realm of a rainforest, but raised awareness to the plight and beauty of the world's endangered indigenous forests.
About Wahoo Ziplines
Wahoo Ziplines is the brainchild of owner Sterling Webb, who has traveled to Jamaica, Canada, Costa Rica, and Hawaii riding all the ziplines he could find. This is how he came up with the concept for the largest zipline and canopy tour in North America.
From concept to completion, it has taken over a year to get Wahoo Ziplines up and going. After months of sawing, climbing, digging, hammering, and pulling at the cables, it is finally time for fun! Our grand opening took place on 8/8/08 (in the Chinese culture, this day is said to bring the best of luck), and we've been going at full speed ever since.
Wahoo Ziplines is unique to the Smoky Mountains, with no other zipline of this magnitude in the surrounding area. With over 2 miles of cable, the zipline is split into 6 signature lines from 900 to 1600 feet long and from 40 to 250 feet in the air! Each line will amaze you as you soar through the mountains, taking in the panoramic scenery, and feeling like you're flying.
This adrenaline pumping adventure takes place over 80 acres in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come prepared to spend the next 2 hours of your life zipping, flying, soaring, and bouncing through the canopy of the trees at speeds of 40 MPH.
Safety is our main concern. To ensure the safety of our guests, all of our guides have undergone rigorous training and each has been certified through Universal Zipline Technology (UZT).
We'll see you soon!