Georgia’s Banning Mills Now Home to World’s Largest, Continuous Zip Line Eco-Canopy Tour

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One of North America’s original zip line adventures offers more than ever to thrill-seekers with two new, fall additions

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If you haven’t had the chance to experience Banning Mills, now is the time to come visit. With added attractions for children, plus zip lines on which you can travel alongside friends, you won’t want to miss what fall 2010 has to offer.

Each season, new heart-pounding thrills and innovative adventures appear across 1,200 beautifully preserved, Georgia acres of The Lodges at Historic Banning Mills – fall 2010 is no exception.

“We consistently strive to give visitors more choices in how they can enjoy various aspects of our eco-canopy tour,” says Mike Holder, who founded Banning Mills with his wife, Donna. “Our two newest upgrades compliment the summer additions and will offer Eco thrills in a way not done here before.”

Joining Banning Mills’ summer highlight, The Terminator Corner -- the intense, suspended course which towers 70 ft. above the ground and consists of swinging planks, sky islands, vine swings and other challenging elements -- comes the newest attractions to the world’s largest, continuous zip line canopy tour: The Beginning – The Forest and Double Screaming Eagle.

The Beginning – The Forest -- developed with families in mind -- is an old growth forest tour with one hanging Sky bridge and nine canopy zip lines that smaller kids can enjoy. While Banning Mills’ world-famous Screaming Eagle Zip Line Tour requires a minimum weight of 100lbs., the Beginning gives smaller kids as light as 60 lbs. the chance to experience a true zip line adventure. Parents can enjoy The Beginning with their children before transitioning directly into the more challenging course.

The success of Banning Mills’ parallel “Big Daddy” zip line released this summer, coined “I’m a Big Daddy, Too,” or “IB2,” inspired the Holders to install a duplicate zip line to the very attraction that first put Banning Mills on the map: The Screaming Eagle. On the Double Screaming Eagle, visitors can now zip side-by-side into Snake Creek Gorge on the half-mile monster, which starts 30 stories above the ground and over the canopy, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph while offering a bird’s eye view of Georgia’s natural landscape.

“If you haven’t had the chance to experience Banning Mills, now is the time to come visit. With added attractions for children, plus zip lines on which you can travel alongside friends, you won’t want to miss what fall 2010 has to offer,” says Holder.

Now the largest continuous eco-canopy tour in the world, Banning Mills has close to five miles of canopy walk and zip line adventures including nearly 30 zip lines, 40 suspended sky bridges, four massive pole towers and challenging high and low ropes courses.

“Working closely with Signature Research and Dan Pervorse, the best name in challenge course technology and zip line development, we use some of the techniques I taught while helping develop zip lines as an Airborne Ranger in the Army,” says Holder. “Our tours are completely safe and inspected by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA). I’m confident there’s nothing like them in the entire world.”

The Holders are not finished building new and challenging activities. With so much to do onsite, soon guests will have the option to participate in the “All-Day Rush” – a full day of zip lining and crossing suspended tree walk bridges.

“We want to continue upgrading our site for those who have already visited and those who have yet to experience Banning Mills,” says Holder. “Be it zip lines and eco-canopy tours or amenities like kayaking, horseback riding, swimming or viewing our spectacular Birds of Prey show, we have something for everyone.”

Whether visiting for the day or staying overnight in the 62-room country inn, Banning Mills is one of the Southeast’s premier weekend getaways for any outdoor enthusiast.

For more information on how to experience Banning Mills, please visit http://www.historicbanningmills.com or call (770)834-9149.

About The Lodges at Historic Banning Mills

The Lodges at Historic Banning Mills is a 501c3 Conservation Center and rests among 1,200 beautifully preserved wooded acres overlooking the scenic and historic Snake Creek Gorge in Whitesburg, Georgia – a mere 45-minute drive west of Atlanta. Offering thrill seekers, nature enthusiasts, couples and groups of all sizes an experience of a lifetime through its unmatched zip line and eco canopy tours, Banning Mills boasts year-round outdoor adventure in addition to a scenic environment perfect for romantic getaways, family outings, church retreats and other group events.

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Chris Giallanza
(404) 446-1677
cgiallanza(at)duffey(dot)com

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