N.H. Loaded With Zip Line Rides, Canopy Tours, Aerial Adventure Courses
New Hampshire thrill-seekers will find numerous opportunities to explore the mountains of the state from a bird's-eye view at its many resort zip lines, canopy tours, and aerial adventure courses.
Mount Sunapee offers the recently-constructed Canopy Zip-Line Tour, a 2.5 hour adventure featuring a series of ziplines, rope bridges and rappels as you descend from the summit. There are eight ziplines in total highlighted by the final 1,000-foot dual zip-lines to a platform from which you will rappel back down to earth, travelling a distance of almost three-quarters of a mile above the forest floor. There are six ski trail crossings that offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Mount Sunapee.
The self-guided Aerial Challenge Course has four loops ranging from beginner to advanced with thirty-two challenges. Obstacles include rickety bridges, spider nets, swinging platforms, tight ropes, zip-lines and more. Everyone wears a harness for the activity and is clipped onto a safety line as you make your way around the self-guided obstacle loops.
The year-round Bretton Woods Canopy Tour is a guided 3-hour adventure through platforms connected by nine zip-lines, two sky bridges and three rappels, descending a total of 1,000 feet. Each zip line varies in length, with a maximum span of 830 feet and 165 feet above the ground. Once on the tour, guides describe the native flora and fauna, in addition to discussing the surrounding area and its natural history. The Williwaw Racing Zip is the final leg of the Canopy Tour and is also available for individual zip rides allowing two participants to race each other right into the base area.
Gunstock Mountain Resort’s Aerial Treetops Adventure Course consists of twelve zip lines, twenty-two ladders, and ninety-one course challenges spread over eight courses. The Explorer course is for younger, smaller participants. There are 15 games in the Explorer course including an 80-foot zip line. Game heights are 10 to 15 feet off the ground.
The ZipTour offers eight different zip lines traveling over 1.6 miles on one of the longest zip line canopy tours in the continental United States.
Loon Mountain has recently added a 750-foot zip-line ride that takes guests across the Pemigewasset River and back again.
The Aerial Forest Adventure Park moves you from platform to platform via bridges, climbing ladders, and zooming across ziplines. The park consists of five courses of varying levels of difficulty for every member of the family.
Cranmore Mountain Resort’s Soaring Eagle allows guests to fly 700 feet down the mountain on a suspended zip-line. The Aerial Adventure Park is an aerial forest ropes course consisting of 5 individual, elevated courses for different ability levels consisting of dozens of elements .
Wildcat Mountain’s four-person ZipRider zip-line brings riders a huge rush, combining exhilarating feelings of flight and beautiful scenery. The Wildcat Mountain ZipRider descends 2,100 feet over the trails, treetops and the Peabody River to a landing platform located a short distance from the Main Base Lodge. Riders travel on cables suspended at heights up to 70 feet on a 12 percent grade, and reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
Photos: (Top) Ziplining at Cranmore Mountain Resort (Cranmore Mountain) The longest Zip Lines in New Hampshire are at Gunstock Mountain Resort (Gunstock Mountain Resort / Facebook)