With over 200 ziplines across North America, zip lining is more popular than ever. But did you know that zip lines aren’t a recent invention? These wonderful machines have been used for years and years all over the world. Before you come to visit our Gatlinburg ziplines, read this blog to learn all about the fascinating history of zipping through the air.
Before they became popular attractions, ziplines were used for practical transportation. In dangerous mountainous regions like the Himalayas and the Alps, people used ziplines to get around or to send important supplies back and forth. Even today, some people in remote areas of China use ziplines instead of bridges to travel across rivers.
In the 1970s, wildlife biologists needed an unobtrusive way to explore rainforests. Driving through the forest in a Jeep clearly wasn’t an option, so scientists started using ziplines to travel through the trees in Costa Rica.
Savvy businessmen in South America quickly realized that biologists were on to something. Companies began offering zip line tours of the rainforests to locals and tourists from around the world. These canopy tours became immensely popular in Latin America, and in the last 10 years or so, they have become some of the top attractions in the United States.
Adventure Park Zip Lines is the #1 area attraction on TripAdvisor! With 6 lines ranging from 450 to 2,000 feet, our Gatlinburg ziplines are guaranteed to get your heart racing. Visit our FAQ page to learn everything you need to know for your next ziplining adventure!