Young woman smiling as she ziplines through the forest
Group of girls excitedly rafting down the zoar gap
Group of zip liners walking through the woods

Zip & Dip Trip




Whole Day




Charlemont, MA




Chill – These trips offer a mellow outdoor experience with a minimal (but not non-existent) chance of falling out of the boat. They require a basic level of fitness.


Looking to Explore – These trips have some exciting parts and some more laid back parts. They require a moderate level of fitness.


Epic – These are our most exciting trips.
They require a higher level of fitness and carry a higher chance of falling out of the boat in challenging rapids.

We offer a one-of-a-kind zipline experience at Zoar Outdoor. Our three-hour canopy tour consists of 11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels that whisk you through a breathtakingly scenic landscape high above the Deerfield River Valley in the northern Berkshires. Our friendly professional guides help you navigate your aerial trek through the trees, teaching you the basics of braking and the proper riding position. As you make your way from tree platform to tree platform and disconnect from the everyday, you’ll find yourself connected to nature and to each other in a whole new way.

A Typical Day

Experience the Berkshire hills from two perspectives. Our Zoar Gap and Zipline Canopy Tour package combines our two most popular activities into the perfect getaway. This special package includes:

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Start your morning at 9 am with a three-hour tour through the trees. At each platform you’ll learn about the local flora and fauna and view the forest with a new perspective. The trip includes 11 zips, two sky bridges, and 3 rappels. Once your zip trip is complete, it’s lunch time! Our kitchen will provide you homemade box lunch to be enjoyed on one of the many picnic tables here on our campus. Zip & Dip guests receive 10% off their zip photos.

Zoar Gap Rafting

This half-day rafting trip start at 12:30 pm and takes you down a section of the Deerfield River through class II and III whitewater. You will have the chance to admire the beautiful landscape of the Berkshire Mountain range with chances to dip your toes in and swim. The trip wraps up around 4:30 pm. You’ll have your evening free to explore the local hiking trails or head out to see the surrounding towns. Zip & Dip guests receive 10% off their raft photos.


For Ziplining

Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the season, but avoid loose clothing that could tangle in ropes or other gear. Skirts should be avoided. In late fall or winter months, it is better to come with too many articles of clothing than to come with not enough! We go in the rain, so come prepared with rain gear if needed. You should also remove any dangling jewelry and tie long hair back.

For Rafting

Expect everything you bring on the raft to get wet! Best options for clothing: bathing suit and/or shorts in the warmer weather, long pants and sweater made of wool, nylon, fleece, or polypropylene in the colder weather. Sneakers or other shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or Crocs!) Cotton clothing such as blue jeans, sweatshirts, or t-shirts, is not appropriate for rafting since cotton keeps you cold when it gets wet. We provide all the in-raft equipment.

Zip line canopy tours are open to anyone age 10 or up. Participants should be able to hike a short distance downhill and should be in reasonable physical shape. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We have a minimum weight limit of 70 lbs and a maximum of 250 lbs. Since zip lining is gravity driven, we must adhere to these weight limits strictly for the safety of our guests. We weigh each guest prior to the trip to determine eligibility for the canopy tour. We can not allow pregnant women to zip. All zip line participants take part in a ground school before getting onto the actual canopy tour. At the ground school, participants must demonstrate the ability to hand brake, self rescue and follow directions from their guides before being allowed on the canopy tour itself.

For all of our whitewater trips, guests must be able/willing to do the following: Wear a helmet and our personal flotation device (PFD), respond to and follow verbal or visual instruction, roll from front to back in water while wearing a PFD, demonstrate dynamic sitting position (sitting upright), and float with feet up in water. Specifically for our beginner Zoar Gap trip, guests should be able to paddle in the rapids, but with frequent rests. Remain calm, lay flat, and orient their body so their feet are aiming downstream if they find themselves unexpectedly in the water. Our PFDs fit a maximum chest size of 56 inches.

Don’t forget to read your confirmation letter (there is a lot of useful information in there!). Call our office if you have any additional questions. We’re always happy to help!


We hope to see you on the river and in the trees!

Matt and Abby were spectacular! Our entire group had a wonderful time because they were so professional and personable. This helped make a somewhat anxious activity fun for everybody!

Kristen M.