I think I might be turning into a zipline junkie. That’s a thing, right?
I’ve gone ziplining in Florida and in Western North Carolina, but my recent zipline experience at Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach is hands down my favorite so far, and I can’t wait to go back again!
The guided zipline tour takes about 2 – 2 ½ hours and includes 10 zipline stations, three bridges and over 1.25 miles of cable.
The rangers were fun, encouraging and so knowledgeable about the sport and about the beautiful natural setting in which the park was built. As you move from tower to tower, they point out animals, birds, trees and insects they spot along the way, and they clearly have a deep respect for them all.
You go soaring over the swamp and through an amazing canopy of trees, including age-old cypresses. The views are incredible!
What makes Shallotte River Swamp Park so special is not just that the “zips” are longer and faster than other courses I’ve been on (although they are), but that it’s an eco-park, not just an adventure park. There’s no question adventure-seekers will get everything they crave here and more, but the intent of the park is to showcase the natural beauty of the outdoors, and to encourage us to love, care for and appreciate it.
Well done. Standing O.
The eco park opened in June 2015 in Ocean Isle Beach and includes swamp boat tours, a zipline canopy course (ages 10 and up), a tree-top aerial challenge course (ages 4 and up), a self-guided educational nature trail and a guided swamp buggy tour through the park.
I totally recommend the zipline course, and I’ll be back to try the rest of what the park has to offer. I’m totally intrigued with the aerial challenge course!
Visit the Shallotte River Swamp Park website for more information. Happy adventuring!