Tucked away in a tree preserve across the French Broad River from downtown Asheville is a playground for outdoors adventure lovers of all ages. The Adventure Center of Asheville is just five minutes from downtown (and about 10 minutes from Biltmore). It's also near the River Arts District and the New Beligum Brewery. Fly on 11 ziplines through old growth trees from towers with skyline and mountain views. Play in the treetops or climb trees. Plus, bring the kids for the first-ever Kid Zip course. Here are their five options for fun.
Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures
Ride 11 ziplines from treetop platforms and adventure towers. Walk three sky bridges amidst 150-year old trees. Along the way, learn about the history of Asheville and the forest. After warming up on some shorter zips, enjoy a 1,200-foot side-by-side zipline with panoramic views of the city and mountains. Ages 10 and up. Read and see more.
The kids will love this and proud parents will love to capture this on film and video! Have fun at the first zipline adventure in America for children 4-10 years old. Ride nine zips from 50 to 250-feet long, ranging from 25 feet high to ground level, plus have fun on four climbing elements. It's a self-guided tour with a required adult escort for children 4-6. Kids 7-10 may choose to zip alone or with an adult. Allow at least 1.5 hours for this fun.
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park
Looking for a new outdoor adventure? Play in the trees with 60 unique climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to 30 trees and towering poles. There are five different adventure trails for all skill levels. It's a self-guided two-hour playtime on this "Jungle Jim", so you move at your own pace to create an adventure based on your comfort levels. Their state-of-the art safety belays ensure you are always clipped in to the safety line. For ages 4 and up. Read and see more.
Be a kid again and climb the trees! Add this option to one of their other adventures. Again, they have all skill levels covered. Start with short bouldering climbs and then try five full climbs up to 35 feet high. The bouldering climbs do not require harnesses, while their full tree climbing adventures use a state of the art controlled decent device that clips into your full body harness and slowly lowers you whenever you choose to return to the ground. TreeQuest has a progressive level of climbs allowing you to increase your challenge as you conquer tree after tree. It's popular for birthday parties, friend outings, family time, or group adventures. For ages 4 and up.
Get the ultimate adrenaline rush! Gear up in a full body harness and head to the top of the 65-foot tower. Then step off the edge and free fall 15 feet before it will gradually slow you down and lower you the remaining distance.
Kolo Bike Park
Explore more than five miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails on rolling terrain, designed for all levels of rider. Step it up and catch some air at Kolo's pump track and jump line. Bring your bike or rent a mountain bike for use at Kolo or any of the North Carolina bike trails.