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For confessed height-challenged people like us, a zipline tour was the furthest thing from our minds. But when whitewater bud Dave Arnold of Class VI Mountain River told us about their new canopy tour offering, we knew our fate was sealed and that we’d have to face our fears.

And, frankly, the anxiety was much worse than the reality. TreeTops Canopy Tour, the first sustainable mile long canopy tour in West Virginia, opened to rave reviews in early May and is proving to be a great addition to the many adventure-laced activities offered by Class VI.

Soaring through a network of cables from one tree platform to the next 100 feet above Mill Creek’s hemlock and rhododendron canyon, the thrilling three-hour adventure touched all of our senses and exhilarated us beyond our wildest expectations. Fully guided (in our case, by Class VI veteran, Bud Frantz) and completely safe with a harness and cable, the series of ten zips, five rope bridges, two short hikes, and a 35-ft rappel down from the last platform, the course certainly tested our fear of heights and, I’m proud to say, we won! See for yourself here.

The awesome views, luscious scenery, interesting wildlife, friendly camaraderie, and overall adrenaline rush made the experience an achievement and thrill of a lifetime. Knowing that we had a luxurious Class VI cabin on the gorge and a tasty meal at Smokey’s on the Gorge awaiting us didn’t hurt either.