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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.
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 as you traverse through the trees.
We were the first zip line canopy tour in southern New England when we opened in Charlemont, Massachusetts in 2009. 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 on New Englands premier ziplining tour!
Arrive at our Zip Base at the start time of your trip to register and get ready. Please be on time for your trip! We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate late guests as our trips must start on time.
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-retrieving on a short, low zip line. Once everyone is checked out and able to safely zip, brake, & self-retrieve, 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 walk leads to the first take-off platform. The first zip is slower and shorter 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 ziplines vary in length and height and our course is progressive, 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 a sky bridge 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.
Looking to do multiple activities during your visit? Try one of our single day Adventure Packages, or call the office to custom build your own multi-day experience.
Remember we’re zip lining in New England, where the weather changes often! Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the season and 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 zipline in the rain, so come prepared with rain gear if needed.
Late Fall or Winter Wear
Spring & Summer Wear
Other things to know:
Canopy tours are great for families, groups of friends, office groups, scouts and others. Each trip time can accommodate groups of 8 or fewer guests. For groups of more than 8 guests, please call our reservations office at 413-339-4010 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 ground school, participants must demonstrate the ability to hand brake, self-retrieve and follow directions from their guides before being allowed on the canopy tour itself. Guests who cannot reliably brake while on the ziplines will be asked off the course.
Zoar Outdoor cannot be responsible for supervision of minors when they are not actively participating in our programs. At all times, 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.
We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. Bailey and Bryan are wonderful guides! They were excellent at guiding us through the safety instructions and keeping the trip fun and exhilarating from start to finish. Everyone was kind, helpful, funny, and great at what they do. We had a fantastic time. Can't wait to go back.