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TreeTops Canopy Tour
The Longest Canopy Tour Around—Right Here at Here at West Virginia's New River Gorge
Experience a world-class canopy tour through the endangered hemlock forests of the New River Gorge, West Virginia. Built using tree-safe methods, TreeTops Canopy Tour is recognized as one of the best in the nation. Even squirrels don't have this much fun in trees!
A canopy tour is a combination of ziplines, cable bridges, and stationary tree platforms put together using natural surroundings. It's a way to view the local flora and fauna from areas that are normally otherwise inaccessible. TreeTops Canopy Tour will take you through ten zips, five cable bridges, overviews of Mill Creek and one rappel station. There are two observation stations for onlookers. These stations are accessible by a hiking trail that goes near the canopy tour platform. Spectators may hike the trail at their own risk.
Visit our sister site New River Gorge Canopy Tour for more canopy tour information, such as FAQs and a Map of TreeTops or book below!
Have you ever zipped in the snow? It's a magical experience, and TreeTops is open year round!
TreeTops Canopy Tour is structured to blend with the natural surroundings of forest. It was created with thorough site selection and surveying, environmental ground work and and access points with minimal branch and brush removal. We focused on keeping nature unscathed and used West Virginia’s natural beauty and complexity to create this unique experience.
Are Reservations Necessary for TreeTops Canopy Tour?
Reservation are recommended. Each Treetops Canopy Tour can accommodate groups of 8 guests per tour and approximately 90 total people per day. To ensure that you can participate, we highly recommend you make a reservation but we will attempt to accommodate walk-ins as possible.
Who Can Take a TreeTops Canopy Tour?
It's a good idea to consult your family physician to determine whether you are physically capable of handling an increase in activity, adrenaline and short walks up hills. Canopy tours by nature are an adventure activity. Heights effect each participant differently. You can expect to feel an increase in adrenaline, which triggers an increase in respiration, heart beat and pulse. TreeTops Canopy Tour has five sky bridges and two short hikes. The longer hike is 830 feet at a 20% grade and the second is about 200 feet. You need to be in good enough condition to walk up those hills.
Do You Run Canopy Tours In Bad Weather?
Yes indeed! Canopy 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 Canopy 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.
How Large Of A Group Can You Accommodate?
The answer is 8! Our trees are huge. The platforms are approximately 10-12 feet in diameter and can comfortably hold 8 guests plus the two tour guides. For this reason and others, we will combine small groups or split large groups to make a tour of 8 plus two tour guides. Tours leave every 30 to 45 minutes, so a large group would be split into groups of 8 and staged every half hour. We can accommodate approximately 90 guests a day.
What If I Am Afraid?
Most people are anxious or nervous prior to starting. Our professional guides will review the procedures, explain the hazards and quickly reassure you. You will be double clipped onto 2 steel cables, which are capable of supporting more than a ton of weight. However, at anytime during the practice zip you can opt out. Once we start down the canyon we will land in trees up to 80 feet off the ground, making it more risky to beg off.
What Is The Conservation Fee Used For?
Great question! TreeTops Canopy Tour traverses through and lands in many Eastern Hemlock trees. These trees are in danger from the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, a small white insect that attaches to the underside of Hemlock leaves. Over a five to ten year period, the Adelgid sucks the nutrients from leaves, ultimately killing the tree. Part of your canopy tour fee—$1 per person—will help treat, preserve and maintain this small section of Hemlock forest along Mill Creek from the Wooly Adelgid.
What Should I Wear?
Closed-toed secure footwear is required (flip flops are not acceptable). Wear comfortable pants or shorts and shirt, (avoid loose clothing such as scarves, skirts or dresses and loose jewelry) sunglasses, sunscreen and a camel-back water pack are optimum equipment. Long hair should be tied back. You will be fitted with a harness which has adjustable leg loops, belt and shoulder harness and a helmet.
Dress for the weather forecast. In spring and fall, bring wool or polypropylene jackets and a windbreaker. For cold and wet weather, bring a jacket or polypropylene, pile fleece and a windbreaker. (We go rain or shine.) We supply gloves, which are used for braking and to keep you hands warm. Phones, wallets, and other lose items should be locked in your car. We give you the option to store your car keys at our facility.
Who Designed and Built Your Canopy Tour?
TreeTops Canopy Tour was built by Bonzai Design, the premier zip-line design and build company in America. Bonzai builds the highest quality courses. They built Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours and many others. Leaders in design and installation to program development and canopy tour and zip line guide training, Bonsai Design, Inc. and S.T.E.P.S., Inc. work together to build and help us run a successful canopy tour and zip line operation.