Want the perfect way to experience the fall foliage up close and personal? You could rake up a bunch of fallen leaves and jump into a huge pile over and over – OR – you could zoom through the multicolored treetops high above the ground by going ziplining!
Ziplining consists of a series of heavy duty wires suspended in the air, typically connected to a tree or manmade platform at either end. A harnass straps the daring rider in and a pulley system allows the rider to hang from the wire and glide – or “zip” – across from one end to the other! This extreme activity offers thrills on a multitude of levels. The speed and height of the zipline varies throughout each “course” and beautiful views of Ohio’s lush flora are consistent through and through!
We are fortunate here in Ohio to have thrilling ziplining facilities right at our fingertips! One of which is Ozone Zipline Adventures, located in Lebanon in Warren County (just 2 miles off Exit 32 of I-71), which was built in 2009. There are four tour options availble, ranging from 5-11 ziplines between 1.5-5 hours in length. Some hiking is involved in this adventure, and a brave soul is required to tackle the heights that reach 200 feet above the valley. Amazing views of the Little Miami River as well as an educational aspect involving the surrounding nature make it even more enjoyable!
I visited Ozone Zipline Adventures twice – once in the summer, and once in the fall – and both were fantastic experiences. At the time that it was builit, this ones one of the longest and tallest ziplines in the Midwest! They recently expanded the zipline tour so that it actually crosses the Little Miami River – which is a fantastic added element!
One of the best parts about Ozone Zipline Adventures is that fact that proceeds of your experience will go to the YMCA Camp Kern to help with school programs centered around outdoor education.
I can personally vouch that the guides at Ozone were remarkable, kind and exciting! While I was apprehensive and a bit scared at first (as evidenced by my white knuckles on my harness), over time, it became more and more relaxing and natural. I learned techniques for speeding up and slowing down (such as the “starfish”) and also got the chance to pass over a series of wooden “sky bridges.” It was an all around fantastic experience!
Ziplining can be for almost anyone! While it offers and extreme thrill, it does not require a great deal of skill or athleticism. Aside from crossing footbridges and some slight hiking, most of the action comes from gravity and physics! There are weight, height, and health restrictions, however. When it comes to age, however, the sky is the limit! In fact, I went ziplining with peers my age as well as my parents and my boss!
There’s virtually no excuse for you to get out and feel the wind against your face as you zip above Ohio this fall!
For more fall adventures, Find It Here at Ohio.org.