Q: What is a zip line ?
We are known as an official “Bucket List” location. A zip line is the generic
term for what Kersey Valley Zip Line Tours is all about. A zip-line consists of a
pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a
user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined
cable, usually made of galvanized aircraft cable, by attaching to the freely
moving pulley. Zip-lines come in many forms, most often used as a means of
entertainment. Longer and higher rides are often used as a means of
accessing remote areas, such as a rain forest canopy. Zip-line tours are
becoming popular vacation activities, found at outdoor adventure camps or
upscale resorts, where they may be an element on a larger challenge or ropes
WHAT TO DO AND WEAR
* Have plenty of energy, do not fly on an empty stomach.
* Drink water well before and during your flight to get hydrated.
* Prove your weight on our digital scale. Age 10 70lbs min and 250lbs max
* Must wear closed toe shoes on the course.
* Wear layers below 60F with a light jacket.
* Above 65F Short sleeve and shorts, cargo pockets suggested to carry a bottle
of water and camera.
Q: What is a High Ropes Challenge Course?
The Kersey Valley High Ropes Challenge Course features 38 different horizontal
elements built at two levels with a two sided vertical climbing tower with 20 ft
green routes and 30 ft blue/black routes. The high ropes elements on level 1 are
Green (beginers) and level 2 are Blue (more difficult) to allow participants a
variety to challenge them. Visit www.KerseyValleyHighRopes.com for more
information soon, web site under construction.
Q: When can we do the high ropes challenge?
We are under construction of this new attraction, we plan to open April 2015.
Q: What type of bathrooms are available?
We are proud to offer a state of the art bathrooms and concession facility.
Concessions open on weekends Sept/Oct only
Q: Do I need to make a reservation for the zipline tour?
We would like for you to call ahead 24 hours in advance if you have a daily
deal voucher to redeem. Walk up guest are welcome, but calling ahead
would allow us to get you on the lines faster!
Q: What time do we need to be there?
Arrive 30 minutes prior to your booked time and have your waiver filled out
on line before attending, take breathalyser test, get in your harness and
watch a pre flight video. If you are late, your flight will leave without you
and you risk losing your tickets. Click here to download our on line
waiver before attending.
Q: Prepare your body for active fun and flight!
Get hydrated before your flight, bring dollar bills for the vending machine at
the ATL tower or bring your own water bottle. If you have a bottle carrier
you can clip on to your harness that is a good way to stay hydrated.
Q: How long do tours take?
The number of guest in a zipline group, experience level, number of groups
out on the course and the wind determine the amount of time it could take
while on the zip line tour. A zipline group of only two people on a Monday on
a calm day can take 45 minutes and a group of 8 on a Saturday might take
2.5 hours. The high ropes challenge course is booked in sessions of time.
Q: Remember your amazing day with a souvenir!
T-Shirts are available for $15.00. Scout patches are $2.00 (Open Spring,
Summer, Fall or upon request)
Q: Is the course certified by accredited inspectors, what makes it
safer than other zip line tours?
We are the first company in Guilford County, NC to build a zip line tour. Most
states don’t even have a building code that covers zip lines. We wanted to
set the Gold Standard and exceed the international standards set forth by the
ACCT and build it under the guide lines of the IBC building code. The course
at Kersey Valley has 100% structural engineered Sky Towers and electrical
engineered lighting protection system for safety. Every tower and platform
has been designed by an engineer and stamped then inspected by a second
engineering company. Guilford County has approved the building of the
towers under the IBC 2009 building code and the NC Department of Labor
recommendations. The towers are constructed by using massive class 2
utility poles instead of using live trees and all our Sky Decks even have hand
rails. The harnesses are full body, which are OSHA approved. We require
helmets and at no time are you allowed to turn upside down or be bounced
on the line. All hardware used in the design of the course is custom made
for the challenge course industry, not what you can buy at your local
hardware store. The course and all Flight Captains must be certified yearly
by ACCT and the Red Cross at the CPR/PR level, the international standard
for zip line tours. (Association of Challenge Course Technology)
www.acctinfo.org. The course and staff are required to be re certified yearly
Q: How did you come up with this zip line idea?
The owners, Tony and Donna Wohlgemuth, participated in a zip line in Belize
in 2005 while on a cruise and had such a great time they wanted to bring
this to their farm. After many years of planning and design construction
began in June of 2010.
Q: Do I need to tip the staff?
Tips are graciously accepted if you feel you had a outstanding time with your
Flight crew. ATM machine is next to Flight School for those not carrying cash.
Q: How many spans are there on the zip line course?
Unlike most zip line courses that consist of 5 or 6 spans, there are 14 spans
and 17 Sky Decks on 10 Sky Towers that make up the course at Kersey
Valley Zip Line. Distances from 200 to over 800 feet in length up to 100ft off
Q: Is your staff certified?
Absolutely! Every Flight Captain must pass a strict 8 hour hands on class
yearly on the proper use of the equipment and demonstrate the skills needed
to operate as a Flight Captain. This certification is required by Kersey Valley,
Inc. and is accredited by the ACCT. (Association of Challenge Course
Technology) Every Flight Captain is also CPR/AED certified by the Red Cross
yearly. Most of our staff are also fire fighthers with even higher certifications
Q: What about photos?
You can bring your own camera as there will be lots of opportunity to take
great shots. Tie the camera to you or wear something with big pockets.
Q: How did you decide what to charge?
Buyer beware, not all zip lines tours are created equal. What is really scary
is that zip lines in NC are regulated at the county level, not the state. This
means some zip lines in NC did not even get inspected by a building
inspector or are required to have a permit! This is why you will see some
based in trees and use 3/8” cable and half body harnesses with ground
landings on non galvanized hardware holding the zip lines in the air. Kersey
Valley, Inc. set the standard for zip lines in NC by building 100% engineered
Sky Towers, 1/2” cable and full body harnesses, helmets, padded landing
protection and an engineered lighting protection system on the Sky Towers
to exceed the standards set by ACCT, a real association. The main tether
that holds you to the system is replaced yearly, two years before the
suggested manufacturer guidelines. The braking gloves are inspected daily
and are best in class for a quality product.
Not only is our tour 1.5 miles long which is larger than most tours in the
country we invested to exceed the industry standards. Just one look and you
can see the difference in our engineered design of the course over most zip
lines attractions. We spared no expense as you can see in the use of Sky
Towers instead of trees and full body harnesses instead of half body waist
only. Our zip lines don’t end up on the ground where you have to hike to the
next one, we fly you from tower to tower. Highly certified staff and course
yearly by ACCT & Red Cross, modern bathroom facility, matched with the
construction to pass the IBC 2009 building code and best of class equipment
the tickets are going to be higher than tours that cut corners and did it on
the cheap. Always call us to ask about current specials.
Q: What to look for in zip lining around the world?
Many of us go on cruises or run across zip lines in our travels and just
assume they are safe since they are open. Fact is the zip line industry is not
regulated in most states. So, here are some things you should look for the
next time you find yourself getting ready to take that excursion out of the
country or even here in the USA.
Look on youtube for customer videos of the zip line tour your looking into.
What your looking for are full body harnesses, this means straps over the
shoulder. Padding on the decks to keep from breaking your leg if you were
coming in out of control. If you see straps just around the waist this is a red
flag, you can fall out of this if you were to flip upside down. Is there a road
at each landing deck to allow a rescue ladder truck in case of an emergency.
There is a saying you have a “Golden Hour” to get medical help in most
emergency. If you see landing decks in the middle of the woods/jungle with
no access you have to wonder, what if the unexpected happens and you or a
family member needs that golden hour to survive a heart attack or any
medical emergency. If the course is in the US and it built to the IBC code
(International Building Code) you will see hand rails on the landing decks. If
the landing decks are hanging in trees, like most of the tours out of the
country that is a sure sign that it was not inspected by a building inspector or
passed IBC code. If the tour is listed a member of a zip line association, look
it up on Google to see if it is a real association! No kidding, people make up
this stuff. The clamps that are on the zip line are rusted, this means they
used cheap non approved hardware. I’ve seen some zip lines decks that
were built out of bamboo! Just because a zip line is open for business does
not mean they were inspected or passed any standard of quality. The final
answer in the USA would be to call that counties planning and development
department and ask if the zip line was inspected. Chances are you will get
an answer that surprises you!
There are many safe zip lines around the world, just make sure the one you
go on is not flying under the radar of local regulations simply due the fact it’s
not regulated yet. Just like mom said, “You get what you pay for”!
Video provided by guest Jordan Branyon