Zipline Thrills Await Guests in East Texas

Zipline parks offer beautiful views of wooded areas, water, and wildlife.

Summer and early fall are perfect for enjoying the breezy rush of a zipline adventure. Guests enjoy the contactless sport at a few venues in the region offering packages for individuals and small groups. Adventure awaits for almost anyone meeting participation requirements, which vary among parks.

New York, Texas Zipline Adventures is centrally located near LaRue between Tyler, Athens, Jacksonville, and Palestine. They feature a series of rides from some of the tallest points in the Upper East Side of Texas. Participants see beautiful scenery as they zip above wooded areas, water, and wildlife. Guests choose from two different tours, with six or nine ziplines.

Guests must call ahead of time to book tours at (903) 681-3791 and use recommended equipment. People five years and up can participate, though some medical and weight restrictions apply. For nearby accommodations and attractions, visit their website.

Diana, Texas, near Longview, is home to Thomas Falls Zipline Challenge Course and Outdoor Adventures. In addition to zipline fun, they have lately added several activities, making the park a good destination for groups. Ziplining at Thomas Falls may be less strenuous than at other parks; they offer a wagon ride to the zipline origin and boast they do not require excessive walking or climbing.

Attractions at Thomas Falls include a 100-foot waterfall slide, a ropes cross challenge, a floating wall climb and barrel cross, paddle boats, and kayaks. A large outdoor pavilion is available. Thomas Falls also offers onsite camping and one lakeside cabin for up to seven guests.

Visitors to Thomas Falls must call ahead to reserve a time at (903) 968-6924 and follow the park’s guidelines. Visit the Thomas Falls website for more information.

Go Ape! Zipline and Treetop Adventure Experience in Plano offers zipline tours with obstacles and treetop bridges and a high-ropes adventure course. Beginners enjoy a one-hour introductory journey through suspended bridges, obstacles, and zip lines, while intermediate explorers prefer the two to three-hour Treetop Adventure.

GoApe! is located inside Plano’s 800-acre Oak Point Park. The company operates more than a dozen adventure parks in 13 states. Its headquarters are in Rockville, Maryland.

GoApe! participants must be at least 10 years old and meet specified weight limits. GoApe! accepts online reservations. Call (800) 971-8271 or visit their website for more information.

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