Our Gatlinburg ziplines are one of the most popular attractions in the Smoky Mountains. But did you know that ziplines are a global phenomenon? We’ve compiled the top five facts you need to know about ziplines:
1. In Australia and New Zealand, a zipline is known as a “flying fox”.
In the rest of the world “flying foxes” typically refer to small scale ziplines used for children’s playgrounds. Ziplines are also known as zip wires, aerial runways, aerial ropeslides, Tyrolean traverses or canopy tours.
2. The longest zipline in the world is 6,990 feet long.
Located in Peru, The Eye of the Jaguar is 1.3 miles long. How would you like to ride a zipline that can reach speeds of 68 miles per hour?
3. In 2001 there were only 10 ziplines in the U.S. Today, there are over 200.
Experts attribute this boom in American ziplining to the popularity of outdoor activities, greater availability of insurance and cheaper construction costs.
4. In some parts of China, children take ziplines to school.
Who needs a schoolbus? Ziplines are one the most popular ways for students to cross the Nujiang River in the Maji Township.
5. Ziplines were popularized by wildlife biologists.
I bet you didn’t see that coming! Scientists studying the rainforests of Costa Rica needed a way to enter the forest without disturbing the animals. The scientific use of ziplines eventually spawned the successful; industry of canopy tours in South America.
Adventure Park Ziplines offers six lines ranging from 450 to 2,000 feet long. Our Gatlinburg ziplines are located right next to the Five Oaks Riding Stables. With one of our excellent combo packages you can won’t have to choose between flying through the air or hitting the trails. Visit our photo gallery to see our zip lines for yourself!