Ride The Gorge Zipline in Saluda This Summer

If the thought of zipping over the treetops and taking in the dramatic views of the North Carolina mountains sounds appealing, you must ride The Gorge Zipline in Saluda this summer! The North Carolina mountains offer visitors a delightful escape filled with abundant natural beauty, exhilarating adventures, and a welcome sense of relaxation – especially when you stay somewhere as secluded and upscale as our Saluda, NC Hotel. 

The allure of the North Carolina Mountains in summer is hard to beat, and the Orchard Inn, rated as one of the top secluded romantic getaways in NC, serves as a welcome gateway to the region’s lush landscapes. Whether you’re here to admire the scenery or enjoy a more exhilarating adventure on The Gorge Zipline, a trip to the western North Carolina mountains is unparalleled. Nearby Pearson’s Falls is a must-visit, with its cascading waters creating a refreshingly cool mist in the summer. Hikers can explore the myriad trails that wind through the region, or you can simply hop in your car and let the meandering mountain roads lead you to one charming destination after the next. 

Regardless of where your summer adventures take you, there’s only one place worth staying: the secluded, romantic accommodations at our mountain retreat in Saluda. Our Saluda, NC Hotel combines the rustic charm of the North Carolina mountains with the luxurious comforts you crave from a high-end getaway. Unwind, enjoy sweeping mountain views, indulge in gourmet meals, and relax under the stars. There’s no better place to enjoy a secluded romantic getaway in North Carolina. Book your room at our hotel in Saluda today! 

Woman riding a zipline like The Gorge Zipline in Saluda

An Adventure on The Gorge Zipline

There are plenty of fun adventures to take in the western North Carolina Mountains, but one of our favorites is The Gorge Zipline. It’s known as the fastest and steepest zipline in the country and promises an exhilarating addition to your summer adventure. The Gorge Zipline takes you on a soaring adventure over the lush canopy of the Green River Gorge. The Gorge Zipline features 11 different ziplines over the course of 1.25 miles, plunging 1,100 feet throughout the adventure. 

Unlike some ziplines, the braking system at The Gorge Zipline is operated exclusively by the highly-trained Canopy Guides, so you don’t have to worry about how fast you’re going or when you need to slow down. You can just sit back, relax, and let the adrenaline course through your veins! Of course, don’t forget to look around, either. You’ll be soaring over 18,000 protected acres of stunning Old-Growth forest. 

In addition to the 11 ziplines, you’ll conquer three different rappelling stations and walk over a beautiful sky bridge. This unparalleled vantage point offers a unique perspective on the area’s natural beauty, making The Gorge Zipline an unforgettable highlight of any visit to the mountains. 

To participate in the fun with The Gorge Zipline, participants need to be between 70 – 250 pounds. Though a harness will hold the weight of your body, you should still be in reasonably good shape to participate in this activity. It does involve a little bit of hiking to get to the platforms. You can expect the total treetop adventure to take somewhere between three to three and a half hours. 

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More Adventures to Enjoy in Saluda, NC

In addition to the exhilarating experience of ziplining at The Gorge, you’ll find plenty more adventures in the area—including some less adventurous options for those who don’t want an adrenaline-pumping experience. There are plenty of things to do in Saluda, including exploring the town’s history at local museums, shopping in local boutiques, and admiring (and purchasing!) local art in galleries. Saluda also boasts a variety of events and festivals throughout the summer that celebrate the region’s arts, music, and traditions.

Nature lovers will also find plenty of things to do in Saluda, with its lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and scenic trails beckoning you out for a little exploration. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite things to do in Saluda, NC. 

  1. There are many incredible waterfalls in North Carolina, but Pearson’s Falls is the closest. Take the time to visit this stunning 90-foot waterfall and enjoy a hike through the botanical preserve.
  2. If you want more fun adventures, partner with our friends at Green River Adventures, the sister company to The Gorge Zipline. They offer a broad range of tours, including kayaking, white-water rafting, and stand-up paddleboarding.
  3. Explore charming shops, art galleries, and delightful restaurants in the heart of downtown Saluda.
  4. Learn about the interesting history of this area at the Saluda Historic Depot.
  5. Join in one of Saluda’s vibrant festivals, including Coon Dog Day Festival this July. 
  6. Go for a hike! There are plenty of great hikes in the area, including trails right here at our Saluda hotel. 
  7. Indulge in some wine tasting in the Tryon Foothills wine region – one of the best wine areas in North Carolina! 
  8. Hop in your car and let the roads lead the way! Saluda is near the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway, but that’s just one of the many scenic drives worth taking in the North Carolina Mountains. 

Of course, nothing beats restorative time at our secluded romantic getaway in the North Carolina mountains. We offer the perfect place to indulge in life’s simplest pleasures and would love to treat you to an unforgettable stay this summer! Book your stay with us today.