Appreciate nature and have a little fun while doing so with a ziplining experience at one of these Ohio courses.

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of trying something foreign to me: ziplining. While the thought of being harnessed to a wire and gliding through a canopy of trees wasn't on my bucket list, I strapped on a helmet and gave it a go at the Zip Zone course near Worthington. The results? I'm sure glad I did.

Ziplining is an exhilarating family activity that lets you appreciate nature and have a little fun while doing so. Most of the Ohio zipline courses will let kids as young as 10 years old zip (although you'll see that a few cater to children even younger) as long as they meet the weight requirement. And a helpful hint that's key to remember, especially to those who are afraid of heights: Once you start a zipline course, you typically have to finish the entire thing in order to get back down to solid ground.

We've rounded up a list of the courses you'll find in Ohio, including Zip Zone, which opened in 2012. Noted for each course is a general price range, which can change based on a number of variables, like course size, specific days of the week and age. But call the course ahead of time for definitive pricing.

Happy zipping!

Adventure Creek

(2015 update - course is closed from June 23- July 7)

46426 Crabapple Road, St. Clairsville 43950
740-310-7277, ropetrekking.com, adventurecreek@gmail.com
Months in operation: April to October
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Requirements: 70-280 pounds
Cost range: $20-$35

Located in the hardwood forest of the Ohio Valley, this course is aimed at developing team work and self confidence. This canopy challenge consists of different courses with various difficulty levels to accommodate your friends and family. It also includes spectacular zip lines going over ponds, creeks, and tree canopies.

........................................ Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

10714 Jackson St., Rockbridge 43149
740-385-9477, hockinghillscanopytours.com, info@zipohio.com
Months in operation: April to November
Requirements: minimum 10 years of age, 70-250 pounds
Dragonfly for Kids zipline: "Continuous-belay" safety system, $29 per child
Cost range: $29-$109, child discounts available

Hocking Hills is home to many exciting outdoor adventures, but nothing compares to the thrill of Ohio's first World-Class zipline canopy tour, the home of the only dual racing Super Zip (1400ft+), 'DragonFly - Zipline Adventure for Kids', ages 5-12, and Off Road Segway Adventure Tours (for those wanting to keep their feet on the ground). Hocking Hills Canopy Tours features over 30 zip lines for all ages. The main zip line tour is a 3-hours for ages 10 and up.

........................................ Markin Farms Zipline Adventures

550 Twp. Road 30 E., West Liberty 43357
937-465-0358, markinfarms.com, markinfarms@gmail.com
Months in operation: April to November
Requirements: Minimum 8 years of age, 70-250 pounds
Cost range: $15-$55

We have 13 ziplines and 5 high rope challenges. We are located in the heart of Logan county. Just 5 minutes from historic Ohio Caverans. Come and enjoy the beauty of our 90 acre farm while Zipping high above the trees. Experience our Extreme Zip at the end. This is a must do!

........................................ Ozone Zipline Adventures at YMCA Camp Kern

5291 State Route 350, Oregonia 45054
513-932-3756, campkern.org
Months in operation: Year-round
Requirements: Minimum 10 years of age, 80-260 pounds
Cost range: $65-$110

Ozone Zipline Adventures, in Southwest Ohio, is one of the Midwest?s largest zip line canopy tours. 10,000 ft of zip lines across 9 individual cables. We have multiple tour options that will have you skimming through and above the canopy of the Little Miami River Valley making Ozone Zipline one of the most breathtaking Canopy Tours in the country! New for 2012 is our River Tour which will take you across Little Miami River to Ft. Ancient at heights of 200ft.

........................................ Tree Frog Canopy Tours

21899 Wally Road, Glenmont 44628
740-599-2662, treefrogcanopytours.com
Months in operation: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Requirements: minimum 10 years old, 90-250 pounds
Cost range: $60-$85

This 2 1/2 hour trek through the tree tops includes 7 zip lines up to 1,100 feet long and 120 feet high, 2 bridges up to 150 feet long and 2 rappels over 50 feet high. This is currently the longest tree to tree and highest zip line in Ohio.

........................................ Valley Zipline Tours

3465 Duffy Road, Lancaster 43130
740-654-3392, valleyziplinetours.com
Months in operation: March to November
Requirements: Minimum 10 years of age, 70-250 pounds
Cost range: $20-$89.99, child discounts and season passes available

Located in the northern part of the beautiful Hocking Hills area, we are the newest zip line course in Ohio. Our beautifully maintained property features 11 zips totaling over 1 mile of zipping. Included in our tour are three monster zips of nearly 1000 feet, towering above the valley and our two well stocked lakes. Later in the course you will soar over another valley on the dual racing zip. You will finish the course via rappel or the giant swing.

........................................ Wild Zipline Safari

14000 International Road, Cumberland 43732
740-638-5030 ext. 2947, zipthewilds.com
Months in operation: May to October
Requirements: Minimum 10 years of age, 70-250 pounds
Cost range: $84, child discounts available

Enjoy the Wilds from an aerial perspective. Built by the team from Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, this exciting new 2 1/2 hour tour is led by two professionally trained guides and consists of 10 zip lines and a rappel built on a series of observation platforms overlooking various exotic animal species that are home to the Wilds. You'll zip along a network of cables, through the trees, over the animal watering holes, lakes, and pastures. This tour is designed to excite anyone with a love for wildlife and a bit of adventure. Don't miss this incredible, first of its kind, outdoor experience during your visit to the Wilds! This is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. Located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, it is home to rare and endangered species from around the world living in natural, open-range habitat, as well as home to hundreds of indigenous species.

........................................ Zip Zone

7925 N. High St. (Worthington), Columbus 43235
614-847-9477, zipzonetours.com
Months in operation: March to November
Requirements: Minimum 8 years of age, 50-250 pounds
Cost range: $49-$69

This is a great way to experience the beauty of Central Ohio. Our tour provides a tour of the tree tops in a beautiful area right in Columbus. Utilizing the natural ravine landscape of Camp Mary Orton, and the tall strong oak trees, we have developed a tour to show off the unexpected nature that Columbus has to offer. Our tour consists of 8 zip lines and sky bridges to ensure you have a great time in the trees! This tour will cover over 20 acres of natural forested landscapes and allow you to view wildlife and a variety of trees and plants.

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Go Ape Treetop Adventure - Mill Stream Run Reservation
16200 Valley Pkwy, Cleveland, Ohio 44136 United States
(800) 971-8271
Go Ape Treetop Adventure - Mill Stream Run Reservation

Go Ape's first treetop adventure course (zip lines, obstacles and more!) in Ohio is just minutes from downtown Cleveland at Mill Stream Run Reservation, located within Strongsville, Ohio. More than just a canopy tour, the course is made up of 5 zip lines, with 4 taking you across a wetland, and 42 obstacles including 2 tarzan swings, spider's web, and jungle crossing, just to name a few. With views of Ranger Lake and Rocky River nearby, the adventure and scenery is truly breathtaking.

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Mobile Zipline Adventures
PO Box 163, Delphos, Ohio 45833
(419) 339-9701
Mobile Zipline Adventures

Our R&D team has invested years of careful testing and design refinement to bring you the first commercially available 135? mobile zip line (multiple patents-pending). The Zipline Tower is easily accessible by staircase which meets OSHA and ASTM requirements. At the top of the stairs the rider is protected from fall exposure until they are safely connected to the zip line. The rider is able to step off the platform only after the operator moves the Rotating Safety Gate to the open position. We have developed a patent-pending device called the Auto-Retract® that slows only the last portion of the ride. It also returns the trolley to the top of the zip line, hence the name 'Auto-Retract®.' This innovative brake technology solves one of the most dangerous aspects of zip lines ? the stop. For set up the hydraulic lift system stands the tower into place at the touch of a button. Zip lines are secured to vehicles and the inflatable walls are positioned as backup stop devices. Setup time is around 30 minutes.

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Common Ground Canopy Tours
14240 Baird Rd., Oberlin, Ohio 44074
440 707-2044
Common Ground Canopy Tours

The 2.5-hour tour consists of a variety of fast zip lines, aerial bridges, stairways and soaring platforms suspended high above the trees that provide a spectacular adventure, and an incredible, uncommon view of the gorgeous natural landscape. Fly over our beautiful 21 acres in the Vermilion River Valley.

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Soaring Cliffs
24719 Miller Road, Rockbridge, Ohio 43149 United States
1-855-442-2246
Soaring Cliffs

Soaring Cliffs is an incredible zip line course in the BEAUTIFUL Hocking Hills of Ohio. The lines are set over a natural gorge complete with sandstone rock formations, wildlife, and a seasonal waterfall. Because all launch and landing sites are at ground level, guests have the opportunity to explore the caves and additional waterfalls along the course trails or simply sit and take in the breathtaking scenery while waiting for their turn at each zip location. The views are amazing, the rush is incredible, and the experience is unforgettable! Come soar with us in the Hocking Hills!!!

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Zip City Indoor Zipline Park
9960 State Route 43, Streetsboro, Ohio 44241
330-931-4944
Zip City Indoor Zipline Park

The indoor zipline facility is over 18,000 sq. ft. Includes a Rock Climbing Wall and a trampoline arena. There are 5 zip lines, each spanning almost 220 feet long and 3 Stories High. Riders can be propelled up to 20 mph.