SEVEN DEVILS, N.C. - Twenty zip lines. Four mega zips. Four miles of cable. Two swinging bridges.
The numbers add up to one big family adventure at Hawksnest Zipline.
Located at a lofty mountain perch in Seven Devils - roughly halfway between Boone and Banner Elk - Hawksnest offers zip line fun 12 months a year, even in the snow.
Zipping enthusiasts age five and up enjoy the exhilaration of gliding over valleys with expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as threading through forest canopy.
And in winter when the white stuff falls in the High Country, zippers can yell down to their snow-tubing friends as they begin their journey.
The zip line adventure at Hawksnest has grown to 20 lines, including four "mega zips," which is industry terminology for extra-long runs. Two of the mega zips are over 2,000 feet in length, while the other two are more than 1,500 feet in length.
The newest tour available at Hawksnest is the Eagle Tour. It includes nine cables stretching nearly three miles in length. Heights exceed 200 feet and speeds approach 50 miles per hour. There are two mega zips and one swinging bridge on the course, which runs $85 per person.
Another option is the Hawk Tour, featuring 11 cables and two swinging bridges. This course traverses 1.5 miles of cables with two swinging bridges and two mega zips. Speeds up to 35 miles per hour can be reached on the Hawk Tour, which costs $75 per person.
Hawksnest is open seven days a week, and zip tours last between an hour-and-a-half and two hours. Tours start at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Reservations are required and a minimum of two zip liners are required per tour. Hawksnest asks that you arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled tour start.
Also, don't forget to enjoy the coffee bar, Carolina barbecue, and tasty pizza after your zipping sessions.
For info, call Hawksnest at (800) 822-4295, or visit: www.hawksnestzipline.com.