#40 of 86 Asheville Things To Do

Navitat Canopy Adventures

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Navitat Canopy Adventures Asheville: Test What You're Made Of
Staff Score:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

In Barnardsville, approximately 22 minutes from downtown Asheville, is an adventure sure to put hair on your chest (or not, depending upon your personal preference). It’s considered “moderate” in difficulty, which really only applies to those who have zip-lined before. Although the sight of the course may intimidate newbies, it's actually doable for any skill level.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

The views from Navitat are picture postcard perfect in every direction, and you can enjoy those views as long as you weigh between 70 and 250 pounds. Unlike the DMV, they don’t just take you at your word. There is a scale at check-in where guests are “discreetly” weighed. If you weigh more than 70 pounds but less than 90, you will need to take the Mountaintop Tour. Anyone from 90 to 250 pounds can choose the Tree Top Tour.

If you’re curious as to whether you can allow a child who weighs less than 70 pounds to ride tandem with you, the answer is a hard no. We know because we asked.

The views are stunning, and the staff is knowledgeable, patient, and truly amazing.

 

If you are concerned about the weather holding up, you can rest assured. Navitat continues to operate, rain or shine. If you don’t want to get wet, that can be a problem. In fact, any reservation not canceled within 72 hours of your scheduled tour time will not be refunded. According to staff, zip-lining in the rain is “a blast!”

Navitat will only cancel a tour if there is lightning, sustained high winds, or another severe weather event. If you’re up on the course when a Wizard of Oz-like event hits, your guide will bring you down and you will be offered a full or partial refund, depending upon how far along you were when the tour was discontinued.

Because of the special nature of their up-in-the-sky tours, Navitat needs you to be reasonably healthy and has some questions you will need to be able to answer to participate. If you are healthy, in good shape, and not under the influence of anything other than excitement, you’re ready to take the tour.

Here’s a taste of each:

Tree Top Tour
You’re going to zip 1,250-feet across Moody Cove, with mountain views ahead fo you. You’ll traverse two sky bridges, take three short hikes, have one rappelling experience, and be hooked to six different zip-lines. There’s one mother bear….um, tour guide, for every four participants.

Mountain Top Tour
This is where you’re going to experience some of the highest zip-lines in the Southeast. You’ll have an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you zip by on three different lines. You will race down the mountain at up to 65 MPH, side-by-side with (hopefully) someone you like.

If you’ve ever wanted to zip-line, to see the world like the birds do, Navitat may be one of the best places to do it. Just don’t make reservations until you’re sure you’re going to show up, and don’t be scared of a little rain if the clouds do open.

Insider Tips
– Use the restroom before your tour begins. There’s no place to stop along the way if nature calls.
– Dress as though you’re going hiking. Wear clothes that are warm enough, and wear tennis shoes, hiking boots, or another pair of comfortable close-toe shoes.
– If you’re someone who tends to be fashionably late, don’t. If you’re not there 20 minutes before your scheduled tour time you could be turned away. If you arrive after your scheduled tour time, you will certainly be turned away.
– During a relatively busy season, it is recommended that you make reservations two weeks in advance. Your credit card will be charged in full at the time the reservations are made.