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Frequently Asked Questions
Reservations are *highly* recommended so you don't miss out. Popular adventure times do sell out! Or, on the flipside, if it's a bad weather day or things are just slow we may end up closing early!
If you are a group of 10 or more participants, to claim a group discount you must reserve AT LEAST 24 hours in advance. Email email@example.com to get this conversation started.
Ages 4-6 only have access to our Foothills Course at this time.
Ages 7+ who meet additional requirements have access to our Zip Line Tour, Blue Ridge Course, and Giant Swing when accompanied by an Adult.
Ages 7+ have access to the Foothills Course on their own.
Ages 11+ who meet other requirements have access to the Zip Line Tour, Blue Ridge Course, and Giant Swing on their own.
We do not have any restrictions on height for exploring the Foothills Course, which is intended to best accommodate ages 4+.
Our Junior ticket on the Blue Ridge Course requires adult accompaniment because Juniors (Ages 7-10) are typically not quite tall enough to reach the cables on their own.
For an experience on the Giant Swing, you must be at least 48 inches tall.
There is no minimum weight for our Giant Swing, Foothills Course, or Blue Ridge Course.
Minimum weight to participate in our Zip Line Tour is 75 lbs.
Our maximum acceptable weight is 265 lbs. (120 kg) to participate in any of our activities.
Great question. Every person who is going to get in the air will need to fill out our digital waiver before entering the course. Once you make your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with your waiver link. Fill those waivers out digitally before your arrival and we will be good to go. There is no printing with our digital waiver. Once you click "Submit", we should have it in our system!
All guests under 18 will need their legal guardian (mom or dad) to sign their waiver before getting in the air. Anyone 18 years or older must fill out their own waiver. No one will be able to climb into the air without this waiver completed.
If you are unable to complete your waiver ahead of time, make sure you arrive for your reservation a few minutes early and we'll have a waiver station available for you to fill it out on-site.
All activities at height come with inherent risks. Without these integral risks, the activity would lose its value and appeal. With that said, the owners and staff of High Gravity Adventures pride themselves on adhering to industry leading standards for construction, inspection, equipment and staff training. (For more on standards for our industry visit: acctinfo.org).
HGA was built by Challenge Towers, an ACCT accredited vendor, which has been building aerial structures for over 20 years. Find out more about Challenge Towers via the CT website.
Before participating, each participating guest will be required to sign a waiver that explains the risks and guidelines for a trip through our park. Each guest will also be given an aerial orientation from trained staff before getting in the air. We refer to this orientation as "Ground School". In Ground School, each guest will be introduced to equipment and course procedures from the ground. This orientation will help set up each guests' aerial experience for success.
Call us with any questions you may have about the experience. 828.266.0176
Your cameras and phones are definitely encouraged for use from the ground, our basecamp observation deck and surrounding green space, but are not to be used in the air. In fact, your pockets must be emptied before you harness up and start ground school. This policy is in place for the safety of all those on the ground.
If you have a Go Pro chesty harness or a helmet strap mount (NOT a sticky mount) you will be allowed to take your GoPro on adventures with you.
OR you can take advantage of our own Photo System where we can provide you with videos and photos of your adventures!
Ticket purchases are non-refundable. We understand that things happen sometimes though. With that in mind, tickets are transferrable and are able to be rescheduled to a different date/time as long as you give us at least 24 hours advance notice!
We want you to provide you with adventure, but we'll always keep the safety of our guests and staff top of mind.
There's no real black and white line when it comes to weather. Some of the things that we need to evaluate include temperature, wind gusts, ice, visibility, and lightning. Sometimes we need to think about more than one of these factors affecting operations at once. The Shift Supervisor's goal in making weather calls is to minimize risks the best we can, and this is a short and simplified explanation of how we do it.
The best thing about being human (and not a snowman) is that we don't melt in the rain! Rain does not interfere with your adventure as long as we have visibility and it's not too cold out. If we have a day-long downpour and no one seems to be up for the challenge (no reservations on the calendar) we will close up early.
If we have lightning nearby, we will cease operations and get everyone back down to the ground and inside shelter. Typically a storm will come and go quickly and we'll be able to get everyone back up and having fun.
The Zip Line Tour is a 2 hour long experience, and it's less easy to exit and get inside shelter once you've started the tour. For this reason we have to be a bit more generous when making our zip line tour weather calls to make sure we don't get caught high up in a tree during the storm.
To be able to run a successful aerial adventure operation and minimize risks to the best of our ability, we need to be able to see what's happening out there. If we have walls of rain coming down on us or if there is dense fog out that significantly reduces visibility we will have to hold off on any adventures.
There are many different reasons wind can cause concern. High sustained winds or wind gusts can be a problem and is one of the factors we need to pay attention to when making weather calls.
We can't risk frostbite! If the temps are getting frigid out there, we'll close up shop for the day and wait for things to thaw.
Ice can interfere with critical functions of our course & equipment.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE CALL OFF OPERATIONS DURING YOUR RESERVATION?
We'll typically wait a bit to see if the weather turns so we can get you back out there. This happens all the time with early summertime pop-up thunderstorms! We'll have some games for you to play while you're waiting around, and the time will pass quickly.
If that doesn't work, we'll:
A) Rebook your adventure for a time later that day or week; or
B) Send you home with a voucher to come back and claim your adventure any other time we're open!
Yes. We are equipped with a water fountain to refill your personal water bottles. We also have Coke products, bottled water, Vitamin Water, and other drinks available for purchase from our drink cooler. We also have a Keurig where you can purchase a k-cup and make some fresh hot chocolate or coffee.
As far as snacks go, we have a selection of energy bars, chips, and other local provisions to keep your energy level high. If you want something more substantial we recommend you bring in lunch or dinner with you- we have picnic tables where you are welcome to take a break and enjoy what you brought!
Yes! We've built a huge observation deck at our yurt basecamp where friends and family can watch others find their way through our aerial park. This observation deck is free for on-lookers on most days through the season. Observers can also walk around the course and enjoy some picnic tables under the shade trees. We want everyone to see the fun and challenges that await those who enter our aerial park. There is the (very) occasional special event where an entry fee is charged.
Observers won't be able to see most of the Zip Line Tour specifically, but will be able to see the last line of the tour and will also be able to see the free-fall!
Show up at or before your reservation time, with (1) Waivers filled out (2) Pockets empty (3) Mouths empty- no gum or candy and (4) Bladders empty- use the restroom! We will give you your wristbands and give you any more in-the-moment info you need before you get pulled in for your Gear-Up session.
In your Gear Up, you will be provided with a full-body harness and a helmet. The HGA staff member conducting your gear-up will instruct you on how to wear the harness and helmet, and will do a hands-on check to confirm all straps are adequately tightened. You will then be directed straight out to the Giant Swing where another staff member will instruct you further.
Foothills or Blue Ridge Course
In your Gear Up, you will be provided with a full-body harness and a helmet as well as what we call "lobster claws". These lobster claws are Bornack SSBs (Smart Safety Belays) which connect you to the steel belay cables above each element on the aerial courses. Once geared up, you will be walked out underneath the course for a short Ground School orientation.
High Altitude Zip Line Tour with Free-Fall
In your Gear Up, you will be provided with a full-body harness, a helmet, a set of what we call "lobster claws", and a trolley. These lobster claws are Bornack SSBs (Smart Safety Belays) which secure you to the steel zip line cables. The trolley is a Falcon Mini and is placed on the steel zip line cables to take you from tree to tree on the tour. Once geared up, you will be shuttled to the start of our zip line tour for a short Ground School orientation.
There is no Ground School session if you are riding the Giant Swing only.
Foothills or Blue Ridge Course
In your Ground School, we will tell you what you need to know to navigate the course successfully. We will educate you on the lobster claws and how they work on the course. These lobster claws are designed to only allow you to remove one claw from the belay cables at a time, which is what makes it possible for you to self-navigate the course! This ground school takes approximately 20-25 minutes (give or take a little, depending on the size of your Ground School group) and will also get you familiar with using your lobster claws before heading up into the air.
High Altitude Zip Line Tour with Free-Fall
In your Ground School at the top of the tour, we will tell you a bit about our equipment and what to expect on the tour before getting started. This Ground School takes approximately 10 minutes.
The Three-Person Giant Swing was added in July 2016. Anywhere from 1-3 people can ride the Giant Swing at a time, and you choose the height you would like to swing from. At maximum height you are pulled up to approximately 45 ft in the air, which makes for a thrilling initial drop. When you are ready to swing, one of the riders pulls a rip-cord that releases the swing to send you flying. We dare you to try and not scream!
The Foothills Course is a smaller version of our Blue Ridge Course at 15 ft off the ground. It is a one-level course and is designed for the youngest adventurers starting at the age of 4. These tickets come with a lifetime of 3 hours, giving your little ones more than enough time to explore and take breaks as needed down on our Observation Deck. They can choose to come back down to the ground for these breaks by simply walking back down the steps at the entrance of the park. The belay cables on this course are at a height of just over 4 feet above each platform so that younger children are able to reach the cables and maneuver on their own. While adults are also able to go on this course, the lower cables will require a little more ducking and diving to maneuver.
Blue Ridge Course
The Blue Ridge Course is that huge structure reaching into the sky that catches your eye from the highway. This course has 3 different levels of difficulty with a total of 75 unique elements, rappelling stations and climbing stations. Tickets come with a lifetime of 3 hours which gives you more than enough time to explore and take breaks as needed down on our Observation Deck. You can choose to come back down to the ground for these breaks using one of our rappel stations located on the top level or you can simply walk back down the steps at the entrance of the park. At High Gravity Adventures, we are all about "choose your own adventure". You can come out and explore just the first level of the course, or if you are feeling a bit braver, you can work your way up to the higher up and more difficult levels. It's ALL up to you!
On this course, the belay cables are at a height of just over 6 feet above each platform. This is designed to be above head height for most adults and young adults, but low enough that climbers can reach the cables to maneuver effectively. Adventures on this course can start at the age of 7. Children ages 7-10, "Juniors", are not typically quite tall enough to reach the cables here so we require an Adult to partner up with them while they are exploring. That Adult will assist the Junior with transfers as the duo reach each platform and make decisions on where to go next. Adults and Children ages 11+ are typically tall enough to maneuver on their own.
High Altitude Zip Line Tour with Free-Fall
The Zip Line tour lasts approximately 2 hours and takes you exploring through the gorgeous forest above Tweetsie Railroad and High Gravity Adventures. You start your adventure at a beautiful treehouse hidden in the woods and go through a series of zip lines with one guide leading the way and another one bringing up the caboose of the group. You also get to walk over a swinging sky bridge high above the rhododendron trees. This tour is a hands-free tour for guests, although it uses the same Bornack SSB lobster claws that guests actively use on the Foothills or Blue Ridge Courses. Your guides will do all of the transferring and braking for you here, meaning you get to just sit back and enjoy the experience. The tour emerges from the woods and culminates in a 1,000 ft long zip line over the valley and into the top (4th level deck) of our Blue Ridge Course. How do you get back down to the ground, you ask? You step off a platform for a heart-pumping 70 ft "Free Fall" experience down through the center cell of the Blue Ridge Course! Or, if you prefer a slower descent, one is available.
Comfortable, active clothing is recommended for your time in the air. Each guest will be moving around the course in a full-body harness. This means that guests will want to wear pants or longer shorts and full coverage shirts to ensure the most comfort while in the full-body harness. (You will be active while in the air and you will want to wear the kind of clothing that will allow you to move with the most comfort and coverage possible.)
We do require closed toed shoes. This means no sandals or slip-ons.
We also need any long hair secured in low pony-tails.
Loose Jewelry is not allowed in the air. We don't want it to get caught on anything!
We require pockets to be empty. You can't take anything in the air with you that could potentially drop on someone below, even if you think it's secure in a zipper pocket. Zippers come undone sometimes!
We will provide you with leading technology for the aerial world. For an experience on our Zip Line Tour, Blue Ridge Course, or Foothills Course, you will be given a helmet, a full body harness, and a set of smart belay personal safety tethers. For an experience on our Giant Swing, you will be given a helmet and a full body harness. These items will be used to keep you connected to the course and swing lifelines.
No experience with this type of gear is necessary for admission into High Gravity Adventures. If you are going to be a participant on our course, our staff will provide a course orientation to each of you each time you visit. This course orientation, or "Ground School", will instruct you on how to wear and use each piece of equipment before you go up on the course.
On our aerial courses, we offer all levels of difficulty including beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
There is 1 level to explore on our Foothills Course. It is geared towards children ages 4 and up and is a perfect entryway into the vertical world for those feeling nervous at height.
There are 3 levels to explore on our Blue Ridge Course. The higher one chooses to climb, the harder the aerial elements become.
As for our Giant Swing, you can choose how high you would like to swing from. Anywhere from 10 ft to 45 ft!
Yes, your child can explore High Gravity Adventures Aerial Park without you if you (or they) want an individual experience.
The Foothills Course, for ages 4+, allows kids to explore the course by themselves as long as they can reach the cables and as long as a responsible adult is present on HGA's basecamp observation deck. Adults* are also welcome to join their young ones in the Foothills Course for a joint experience with the purchase of another Foothills Course ticket. (*This will require some squatting and crawling for the adult as the course is designed for the smaller ones.)
Children 7 to 10 years old and want to journey into the Blue Ridge Course must be accompanied by a responsible ticket-holding adult on the course at all times. This joint effort means the experience will be shared as the junior and the adult explore and make decisions together. The adult will be assisting the junior with equipment transitions in the air. Children ages 11+ are typically tall enough to explore the Blue Ridge Course on their own.
Children 7 to 10 years old who reach other participation requirements and want to go on the Zip Line Tour must be accompanied by a responsible ticket-holding adult (ages 18+) on the tour. Children ages 11+ are able to go on the Zip Line Tour on their own.
It depends on the activity. You can:
- Choose to do it ALL (The Ultimate Adventure). Expect to spend anywhere between 4-6 hours at HGA. The Zip Line tour is a fixed start & finish, but with other activities you are able to choose when you are done.
- Choose to do just the Zip Line Tour. Expect to spend about 2 hours from start to finish, depending on how many people you have booked on your tour with you.
- Choose to do just the Blue Ridge Course. Expect to spend a max of 3 hours (you choose when you are finished)
- Choose to do just the Foothills Course (for younger children ages 4+). Expect to spend a max of 3 hours (you choose when you are finished)
- Choose to do just the Giant Swing. Expect to spend around 30 minutes (depending on waiting line)
- Or choose to combine any of the above activities (we recommend The Ultimate Adventure!)
We share a parking lot with and are located next to Tweetsie Railroad in the mountains of North Carolina. This is just off of Highway 321 conveniently between Boone & Blowing Rock! Call us if you're having trouble finding us: 828.386.6222.
215 Tweetsie Railroad Ln
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Find us on a map via our location page.
We share Tweetsie Railroad's very large parking lot. Most days parking is free, but please note there are one or two days during the season where all Tweetsie Railroad & High Gravity Adventures guests will be charged for parking.
At this time, pets are not allowed at High Gravity Adventures.
We're glad you asked. The High Country is full of fun!
We also have area maps on-site and a sheet full of dining, hiking and exploring options that come directly from our HGA team. Just ask the front desk!