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Zip group taking a group photo on a platform in the trees
Woman zipping away from the zip line platform

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Ages

10+

Duration

Under 4 Hours

Season

April–November

Location

7 Main Street, Charlemont MA

Intensity

Moderate

Price

Starts at $82 pp

Mild

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.

Moderate

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

Wild

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.

Minimum of 4 guests required for reservation. All zip lines are not the same; our course is a genuine canopy tour built directly in the trees and connected through platforms that sit high above the forest floor. It’s a guided experience with 2 guides for every 8 guests. You experience progressively faster zips and a variety of tree types. We were the first zip line canopy tour in southern New England when we opened in Charlemont, Massachusetts in 2009, making us the first Berkshires zipline as well. Come experience our friendly professional guides and our emphasis on safety! Bring friends, family, or your school group or club and enjoy a day of zipping fun and teamwork

A Typical Day

 

You should arrive at our base about 15 minutes before your start time to register and get ready. When you enter our base, our guides and base staff will help you register. You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability (minors will need to sign their own and have a parent/guardian sign it as well) and we will check to ensure that you have proper footwear and clothing.

After you’ve registered, we will help you get into and properly fit your harness and helmet. Then it’s up to the practice zip!

A short hike from the base, our practice zip gives you a chance to get comfortable with zipping, braking and self-rescue on a short, low zip line. Once everyone is checked out and able to safely zip, our guides will take you up to the vehicles that will transport you to the top of the course.

A 5 minute 4×4 ride brings you a mile and 500 feet vertically uphill to the start of the course where a short hike leads to the first take-off platform. The first zip is slow and short to give you a chance to get acclimated to flying through the trees. The second zip leads to a spectacular view of the Deerfield River Valley and the northern Berkshires as you perch over the edge of the ridge on a 100+ year old pine tree.

Throughout the course, you’ll ride 11 different ziplines. The zips vary in length and height but it is a progressive course, meaning the zips get longer and faster as you zip through the tour. You will also walk across two sky bridges, rappel from three platforms with the assistance of the trip guides.

A rappel at the end of the top section of the course leads to a water break and a short downhill hike to the start of the next section. The lower course consists of sky bridges and longer zips that culminate your adventure in the trees.

A downhill hike leads back to our base where you can share stories and memories of the trip and look at photos of yourself zipping just moments before.

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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.

Late Fall or Winter Wear

  • Hat or balaclava that will fit under a climbing helmet
  • Wool or Polypropylene long underwear top and bottom
  • Insulated ski jacket or layers of fleece with a weatherproof shell
  • Wool or Fleece socks
  • Ski pants
  • Boots(insulated)
  • Ski goggles
  • Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours will provide you with gloves to wear

Spring & Summer Wear

  • Close-toed shoes (hiking boots or sturdy sneakers) For your safety, no sandals or flip flops will be permitted.
  • Light jacket, fleece top, or sweater
  • Rain Jacket with hood
  • Light pants
  • Comfortable longer shorts (chaffing from the harness could occur with short shorts)
  • Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours will provide you with gloves to wear
  • Spaghetti Strap shirts not recommended.

You should remove any dangling jewelry and tie long hair back. You should also remove all items from your pockets before going on the tour, we will not go back to obtain any articles lost along the course. Please leave valuables in the car while you’re on the tour. We have a keybox where we would be happy to keep your car keys until you are off the tour.

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. Canopy tours are great for families, groups of friends, office groups, scouts and others. 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. Each guest is weighed upon arrival to determine eligibility for the canopy tour. We can not allow pregnant women to zip.

Each trip time can accommodate groups of 8 or fewer guests. For groups of more than 8 guests, please call our reservations office at 800-532-7483 and a reservationist will be happy to help find some trip times that can accommodate your party.

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.

Zoar Outdoor can not be responsible for supervision of minors when they are not actively participating in our programs. At all time, supervision of minors is the responsibility of the group leaders, parents or guardians.

The use of recreational drugs or alcohol is prohibited on all trips. If you arrive at Zoar Outdoor under the influence, you will be prohibited from participating in the day’s activity and no refund will be given.

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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.