Zip, Swing and Soar Through the Treetops in Fayetteville
Attention thrill-seekers ages 10 and up: An eco adventure amidst lush, pristine woods awaits you just an hour south of the Triangle in Fayetteville. Yes, you'll sign a waiver, but once you're flying through the treetops with the greatest of ease, that merely becomes a formality. Just bring along a little trust and a big thirst for adventure, then get ready to zip, swing and soar.
That was the mindset I shared with my three children - ages 15, 13 and 10 - as we drove to Fayetteville after being invited to experience ZipQuest's zipline course - one of USA Today's "10 Great Ziplines" - and Swing Shot, a new attraction that opened there in July.
Swing Shot features a harness attached to a pulley system that hoists visitors up two-and-a-half stories, then releases them into a 70-foot adrenaline rush over a cliff that drops another 50 feet to offer a suspended view of Carver Falls.
"Guests usually find themselves laughing uncontrollably and asking for another go," Bryan says. My 10-year-old daughter shot through the trees like a flying squirrel and her giggles echoed musically through the treetrops. (Watch a "helmet cam" video of Fayetteville Observer reporter Greg Phillips swinging through the trees on Swing Shot.)
Prior to experiencing Swing Shot, we spent a little over two hours on ZipQuest's famed zipline course, which features eight zip lines, three spiral staircases, 13 platforms and three sky canopy bridges and blends seamlessly into Carver Falls, a 55-acre forest filled with pine, mountain laurel and bald cypress trees on the west side of the Cape Fear River. Anchored by the largest natural waterfall in Eastern North Carolina, the land is named for Samuel Carver, who received it as part of 640 acres from King George II of England in 1735.
"The owners were very careful to design the course so it wouldn't interfere with the landscape or ecosystems here," says Jessica Velasquez, our canopy tour guide. "If they decided to take everything down today, you would never know it had even been here."
Closed to the public for centuries, Carver Falls and its surrounding woods opened for all to enjoy in 2010 with the launch of ZipQuest. Just a few miles away from busy city streets, tourists can zip up to 27 mph on steel cables as long as 780 feet.
ZipQuest is located at 533 Carvers Falls Dr., Fayetteville. A ride on the Swing Shot costs $10 per person, ages 10 and older. Admission to the zip line course is $85 per person, ages 10-91. Book your adventure online at zipquest.com or by calling 910-488-8787.
If You Go
- You must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 70 and 250 pounds.
- Children between 10-15 years must be accompanied by an adult.
- You must sign a ZipQuest Rider Agreement prior to participation; a parent or legal guardian must sign it for anyone younger than 18.
- You must wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing on the course or swing (no skirts).
- Tie long hair back in a ponytail and leave any dangling jewelry at home.
- You must be in moderate to good health and be able to hike short distances and climb stairs.
- You must have enough strength to slow yourself using a glove to create friction on the cable and, on rare occasions, be able to pull yourself a short distance along a cable.
- You must not be pregnant, have an existing heart condition, be under the influence of alcohol or drugs that may impair you, or have any recent or recurring injuries or muscular skeletal disorders.