Since 2007, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours has proven to be a leader and innovator in the zipline industry. We’ve introduced award-winning adventures year after year, and won more accolades from distinguished publications than any company in the Midwest. (see accolades).
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours boasts, not just award-winning outdoor adventures – but an unparalleled dedication to the industry, and an unquenchable desire to be the best. In short, there’s not just one thing that makes us world-class, but everything that we do from check-in to exit, is done with professionalism.
Here are some of the things that we do best:
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Whenever we talk about the “World-Class” status of Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, we start with our location. All of our adventures showcase the natural beauty of Hocking Hills–an environment that boasts unique geographical features such as sandstone rock cliffs, recessed caves, the meandering Hocking River, and a bountiful variety of trees and vegetation.
PROFESSIONALLY AND CREATIVLEY DESIGNED AND BUILT: Our courses are designed and built to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the Association for Challenge Course Technology. But equally important, the courses are designed with a thoughtful and creative eye, to unveil the natural beauty of the area.
EMPHASIS ON SAFETY: (Click here for comprehensive safety information below)
NATURE-LOVER MEETS THRILL-SEEKER: For nature-lovers, our zipline tours satisfy the inherent need to be outdoors, communing with nature. On our tours, the participant will zip over rolling hills, encounter old-growth trees, and take in the scenic Hocking River. “Thrill-seekers” will be happy to know that our ziplines range from 10 to 70 feet high, and reach speeds of up to 50 mph. *
PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED STAFF: From tour guides to office staff, our personnel are trained to be customer focused and attentive to details. Our goal is for our customers to have a positive experience from check-in to exit.
TOUR GUIDES: Our guides are extensively trained to minimize any inherent risk in the activity. They take seriously the safety and wellbeing of all participants on their tour. Guides also build a personal relationship with their participants during the tour, which makes the tours all the more fun.
INTERACTIVE ZIPLINE EXPERIENCE: For our zipline adventures, we utilize a “hand-braking” system. This system allows the participant to have an active role in stopping themselves on each zip, which gives them a feeling of being in control.
USER-FRIENDLY: Our courses are built to be enjoyed by the widest variety of people—from 10 years old- to- “90-something” within our specified weight ranges. Except for a short walk, or some stairs to climb, there is very little physical exertion required to complete our courses (see qualifications for participation pages). Participants don’t need to be concerned with things like clipping themselves in, or adjusting their gear – it’s all the responsibility and pleasure of our willing guides.
“ECO-TAINMENT”: Our tours are thrilling and educational. Our professional guides are taught all about the local flora, fauna, and history of the area. They’re also known to lighten the mood with a few jokes... all to add to the enjoyment of the tour.
COURSE MAINTENANCE: Our courses, trails, and infrastructure are well-kept and maintained, with an emphasis on ecology. We are committed the sustainability of the local environment.
TRANSPORTATION: Our “original” retro-fitted vehicles transport participants to the site of their specific adventure. Along the way you may encounter wildlife, participants enjoying a zipline tour, a Segway® adventure, or just the wonderful scenery. We believe the transportation adds to the overall outdoor adventure!
PHOTOGRAPHY: We offer quality onsite photos of participants on zip line tours for purchase, to memorialize your adventure.
QUALITY MERCHANDISE: Take home a memento of your experience! We offer a variety of creative merchandise for sale to all our outdoor enthusiasts.
CERTIFIED “GREEN”: We helped to establish, and are a proud member of the Hocking Hills “Green” Initiative.
DISCOUNT PROGRAMS: We initiated many types of discounts offered in the industry, including “Kids Half Off,” military, groups, and local discounts. (see “Prices/Discounts” for each adventure)
CHARITABLE DONATIONS: We have established an annual charitable donation budget, which is distributed to multiple charities every year. Donations are distributed on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. (see “Donations” page)
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY: We are very involved with the local tourism association, and we give back to the local community in many ways, such as: hiring locally; using local vendors; offering discounts to locals, and local road cleanup.
ALL OF THE ABOVE: Everything that we do – we do with a passion! We want our participants to have a memorable experience from check-in to exit. That’s what keeps people coming back year after year!
* Speeds of up to 50mph are achieved on our SuperZip® Tour.
Everything we do, is done with a passion for excellence!
Safety is the number one priority at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. This is reflected in our course designs, construction, training, inspections and participant education, as further explained below. We encourage everyone to read through and become familiar with our safety standards and procedures.
Industry Standards: The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) sets the safety standards for our industry. Our courses are designed to meet or exceed the ACCT standards, and as a company, we actively participate in this association in an effort to improve and expand these standards. We also encourage other owner/operators to adhere to these standards.
Design and Construction: Our courses are designed and constructed to meet or exceed the ACCT standards without compromise. Inspections: We follow a very strict inspection protocol for all of our outdoor adventures, which includes all mechanical, equipment, and environmental inspections.
Guide Training: All guides receive extensive and ongoing training consisting of on-course, rescue, and classroom study. They must pass a written assessment test, an on-course practical assessment and rescue assessment.
Ground School: All participants on the zipline courses are required to attend and pass our Ground School. This pre-tour overview is presented by your tour guides prior to entering the course. We train each participant to perform some of the activities that may be required of them during a zipline tour. The guides use this as an opportunity to evaluate all participants to make sure they have the ability to safely complete the course. We do reserve the right to exclude anyone from participation for medical, safety, or other reasons.
Safety Attachment: All participants on the zipline courses are clipped into overhead safety belay cables at all times when at height while on the courses. The guides handle all the clipping for the participants, so there is no possibility of an inexperienced participant accidentally unclipping themselves from the safety belay cables.
Braking: Our zipline courses are designed for a hand-braking system. This system allows the participants to actively participate in their zipping experience. If the participant fails to effectively use the hand brake, they will be stopped by our guide operated backup braking system.
On our SuperZip® we incorporate an automatic braking system. This state-of-the-art, magnetic braking system allow participants to zip in the prone "super hero" flying position without the need for “self braking”. This system also has a backup braking system.
Emergency Action Plan: In the event of an occurrence that requires immediate medical attention, we have an Emergency Action Plan in place. This is a written plan, that all company personnel are trained to know and execute, and involves the local EMS personnel.
Questions: If this does not answer all your questions regarding safety on our course, please feel free call us at 740.385.9477.
Plus, The New York Times, The OHIO Traveler, The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, FlipKey by TripAdvisor, TravelMag, Family Travels, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The herald-Dispatch (Huntington, WV), and more.