As a fun day, we chose to do a canopy tour by zip line through a company called Navitat. Navitat is located north of Asheville in Moody Cove. To begin, we were hooked into harnesses and fitted with helmets. Then we drove up a hill in a cart that looked like a gator (the brand not the animal. At the top we exited and walked to a platform where our first zip line was located. From this point on we were hooked together on a tether. The platforms we zipped between were built into trees. The trees were connected to other trees by cables for stability and safety.
Our two guides were very knowledgeable about the company and the flora surrounding us. Along the way we identified invasives and they told us the names of many different trees. Navitat is a new company which opened this year and has been doing very well. The course took about 2.5 hrs and included many beautiful views of the mountains. Also included were bridges, repelling, and unique ladders. The zip lines varied in length and speed with the top speed being around 35 mph. It was an experience that will not be soon forgotten.