We are known as an official “Bucket List” location!
A Zip Line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable that is mounted on an incline. The highly engineered system is designed to enable each flier, propelled by gravity, to traverse from the top to the bottom of each 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 rainforest canopy. Zip Line tours are becoming popular vacation activities, found at outdoor adventure camps and upscale resorts—even on cruise ships—or as an element on a larger challenge or ropes course.
What to do AND wear?
Have plenty of energy, and 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. You must be a minimum of 10 years old and 70 lbs. and a maximum of 250 lbs. All fliers must wear closed-toed shoes on the course. Plan to wear layers with a light jacket if the temperature is below 60°F. If the temperature is above 65°F, we recommend short sleeves and shorts.
BONUS: cargo pockets are suggested so you can carry a bottle of water and your phone/camera.
What kind of shape do I need to be in?
You need to be in good physical condition and be able to ascend stairs throughout the Zip Line tour. You will pull down on a padded glove to brake yourself. And you may need to pull yourself across the line toward the platform edge using your upper body strength.
What about restrictions?
All fliers must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 70 lbs. and 250 lbs. We have a scale to weigh each flier before we start to ensure that we meet all regulations.
We do not recommend that you participate in Zip Lining if you have any of the following conditions.
Wearing a cast
Require a brace
If in doubt, you may call us and check with your doctor.
Are there bathrooms available?
Yes! We are proud to offer state-of-the-art bathrooms and a concession facility. Concessions are open on weekends Sept./Oct. only.
Do I need to make a reservation for the zip line tour?
Walk-up guests are always welcome. However, calling ahead allows us to ensure staff is on hand and ready when you arrive—and get you on the lines faster!
What time should we arrive?
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your booked Flight Time. Be sure your waiver is completed online before arriving.
You’ll take a breathalyzer test, get in your harness, and watch a pre-flight video.
If one or more members of your group are late, your flight will leave without you and you risk losing your tickets.
Prepare your body for active fun and flight!
Get hydrated before your flight. Bring dollar bills for the vending machines in the midway or bring your own water bottle. If you have a bottle carrier, you can clip it onto your harness.
How long are the tours?
The number of guests in a Zip Line group, experience level, number of groups on the course, and the wind will determine the amount of time it could take on your Zip Line tour.
For example, a Zip Line group of only two people on a Monday and a calm day may take 45 minutes, while a group of eight on a Saturday might take 2 1/2 hours.
Do you sell souvenirs?
Kersey Valley t-shirts are available for $15.
Scout patches are just $2.
(Open spring, summer, fall, or upon request)
Is the course certified by accredited inspectors? What makes Kersey Valley 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. At Kersey Valley Attractions, we strive to set the Gold Standard in everything we do. So, we exceeded the international standards set forth by the ACCT and built our Zip Line under the guidelines of the IBC building code. The Zip Line course at Kersey Valley Attractions has 100% structurally engineered sky towers and an electrical-engineered lighting protection system for your 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.
Kersey Valley’s Zip Line towers are constructed with massive, class 2 utility poles (instead of using live trees) and all of our sky decks have hand rails for utmost safety. Flier harnesses have full-body coverage and are OSHA approved. We require helmets for all fliers and Flight Captains. 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 Zip Line 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. For more information on the Association of Challenge Course Technology, please visit www.acctinfo.org.
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 awesome adventure activity to their farm. After many years of planning and design, construction began in June 2010.
Do I need to tip the staff?
Tips are graciously accepted if you feel you had a outstanding time with your flight crew. An ATM machine is located next to the Flight School if you need cash.
How many spans are there on the zip line course?
Unlike most zip line courses that consist of five or six spans, Kersey Valley Zip Lines has 14 spans and 17 sky decks on 10 sky towers that make up the entire course at Kersey Valley Zip Lines. Distances range from 200 feet to more than 800 feet in length and up to 100 feet off the ground.
Is your staff certified?
Absolutely! Every Flight Captain must pass a strict, 8-hour, hands-on re-certification 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 firefighters with even higher certifications because they are EMTs.
Can I take photos?
You can bring your own phone/camera as there are many opportunities to take great shots. Tie your camera to you or wear something with big pockets. (Zippered or buttoned pockets are even better.)
How do you decide the fee?
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 don’t even get inspected by a building inspector or are required to have a permit! This is why you will see some zip lines based in trees and use 3/8” cable and only half-body harnesses with ground landings on non-galvanized hardware holding the zip lines in the air.
Kersey Valley, Inc. sets the GOLD STANDARD for zip lines in NC by building 100% engineered sky towers, 1/2” cables, and full-body harnesses, helmets, padded landing protection, and an engineered lighting protection system on the sky towers—which EXCEED the standards set by ACCT, a real association. Main tethers that hold fliers to the system are replaced yearly—a FULL 2 YEARS before the suggested manufacturer guidelines. 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 zip line tours in the country—we invest to EXCEED industry standards. Just one look and you can see the difference in our engineered design of the course over most other zip lines attractions.
We spare 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 harnesses. Our zip lines don’t end on the ground where you have to hike to the next one. We fly you from tower to tower. With an amazing course and yearly certification by the ACCT & Red Cross, a 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 do it on the cheap.
Always call us to ask about current specials.
What should I 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. The fact is that 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 you’re considering. Look for full-body harnesses: this means straps over the shoulder. Padding on the decks will keep you from breaking your leg if you were coming in out of control. If you see straps only 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 that you have a “golden hour” to get medical help in most emergencies. 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 U.S. and is 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 as 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.
If clamps on the zip line are rusted, this means they used cheap, non-approved hardware. We’ve seen some zip line 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 county’s planning and development department and ask if the zip line was inspected. Chances are, you will get an answer that surprises you! If you do attend a zip line tour, look for the manufacture date of the main tether. If this is over three years old, you should be concerned. 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 to the fact the industry is not regulated yet. Just like mom said, “You get what you pay for!”