Zip Line Adventures in Lancaster County? YeeeeeHaaawwww!

August 8, 2011

Yes, as the title suggests, I was more than a little excited to discover that Lancaster County has its very own Zip Line Adventure spot!!!  It’s Refreshing Mountain Camp, located in northern Lancaster County in the town of Stevens, just 6 miles from the Historic Smithton Inn in Ephrata.
Their Zip Line Canopy Tour is a series of cables and platforms between 10 and 60 feet off of the ground. Participants are harnessed to a pulley that rides the cable and “zips” from platform to platform through the “canopy” of trees through which the course is built. There are 5 zip lines, with a combined length of over 1400 feet! Additionally, in the middle of the course, are 9 High Adventure Challenge elements (i.e. climb across a cargo net, walk the “Indiana Jones Bridge”, swing the “Monkey Vines”) all 30-40 ft in the air.  
There was an article published in the Lancaster Intelligencer, “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a zip line!”, that gives a great overview, and was how I learned about this nearby treasure to begin with (note to self:  send the writer some muffins as a thank you!) So for the “unique-fun-experience” junkies out there, plan your next adventure to Lancaster County and the Historic Smithton Inn, where a Zip Line Canopy Tour can be just part of your adventure! Other Quick “Adventure” links: Bike Routes Kayaking on the Susquehanna or Conestoga Rivers Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (11 miles) St. Peters Village (26 miles) Nolde Forest (16 miles)