TreeTops Canopy Tour - Adventures on the Gorge

TreeTops Canopy Tour

There is no better way to experience the magic of West Virginia’s mountain forests than high up in the leafy canopy. Your 2-3 hour TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour adventure includes 10 different ziplines, 5 swinging “sky bridges,” a couple short ground hikes connecting features and a final free-hanging rappel for the trip’s conclusion.

The tour’s course starts on a ridge top, gradually descending through a hardwood forest biome of oak, maple, and birch before settling at a beautiful stand of hemlock trees along the cool stream of Mill Creek. Side note: West Virginia hemlocks are under attack right now by an invasive insect species called the Wooly Adelgid, a tiny insect that nevertheless can kill these majestic trees. A portion of every TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour admission fee goes toward funding protective treatments for the very hemlocks you’ll be traveling through.

Following your descent to Mill Creek’s hemlock stand, more sky bridges, a short hike, and increasingly longer ziplines like the “rock launch,” you’ll reach the final step of the tour, a 35 foot rappel that will take you back down to terra firma.

  • Maximum group size: 8 guests
  • Minimum group size: 4 guests (November-March only)
  • Typical time: 2-3 hours
  • Minimum age: 10 years old/90 lbs.
  • Maximum weight: 260 lbs.

TreeTops Canopy Tour FAQs

Guide Information

All TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tourtrips require a guide, and larger trips will have 2 guides. Our aerial guides are highly trained in both safety standards and rescues. Your trip will begin with a detailed on-the-ground safety orientation as well as a practice zipline course, where you’ll be briefed on our redundant dual-cable safety system.

What’s Provided

Helmets, gloves, harnesses and expert safety instruction will be provided.

What to Bring

Closed-toed shoes are required. Skirts, dresses, and other loose-fitting clothes may get caught in our rigging, and should be avoided, but either shorts or long pants are appropriate. Tightly tie long hair so that it is out of the way. A waterproof/water resistant jacket is a good idea if rain is in the forecast, and severe thunderstorms may result in your trip being called off. During hot summer months you will want your own water, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Make sure that your water bottle can be safely stowed in a small back or clipped to your harness.

Where to Meet

All tours depart from our Aerials department on the Mill Creek campus from early morning to evening. Trips will continue during rain, but may be cancelled on account of lightning or high winds. If your trip is canceled due to weather, you may rebook or choose another adventure activity.

Requirements & Restrictions

Overall, our TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tours focus more on experiencing the natural beauty of the forest canopy, whereas TimberTrek Adventure Park focuses on intense physical challenges and obstacles. However, the ziplines of TreeTops absolutely require participants to weigh at least 90 lbs, which is why the minimum age is 10, rather than 4 as it is for TimberTrek.

Furthermore, even without challenging obstacles TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour is still a physically strenuous activity, and requires up to 1000 feet of hiking along a moderately steep 10% grade in addition to the bridges, zips, and rappel. Consult your physician if you have any concerns about this. If you wish to opt out of TreeTops during our introductory safety zip demonstration, you may do so.

Trip Safety

Our professional guides will review the procedures, explain the hazards during a practice ground level zip. You will be double-clipped onto two steel cables, which are capable of supporting more than a ton of weight. However, at anytime during the practice zip you can opt out of the tour.

TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour was built by Bonsai Design, the premier zipline design and build company in America.

Operation Hours

Tours run rain or shine. We temporarily close the course during lightning storms or high winds. If we know in advance that we will be closed, we will try to contact you. If your tour is canceled, we will offer you the option to participate in another activity, rebook for a different day or time, or issue a rain check.