Experience the thrill of a canopy ziplining tour at Refreshing Mountain!
As one of the premier things to do in Lancaster, PA, the Ziplines at Refreshing Mountain are a top attraction in Lancaster County. Our zipline tours are kid-friendly and safe for all ages. Ziplining is a great activity for individuals, families and groups looking for a fun, outdoor activity. Your experience will be refreshing, exhilarating and even challenging at times. We have three zipline courses to choose from with options for all skill and thrill levels. Plus, we’re a short drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York City!
ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
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- 2 ZIP LINES (OVER 500 FT. LONG)
- APPROX. 5-25 FT. ABOVE GROUND
- APPROX. 30 MINUTE DURATION
- AGES 5 YRS & UP
- 5 ZIP LINES (OVER 1,400 FT LONG)
- 9 CHALLENGE ELEMENTS
- APPROX 1-2 HOUR DURATION
- AGES 5 YRS & UP
The Flying V
2 ZIP LINES (OVER 500 FT. LONG)
APPROX. 30 MINUTE DURATION
This ziplining tour was added in November 2016. The course is designed for those interested in ziplining but not ready to be in the tree canopies for long periods of time. Don’t worry, we didn’t forgo the adrenaline and fun our ziplines provide! The ziplines are in a “V” structure, with great views of our pedal cart track and other zipline tours. With 2 ziplines covering a length of over 590 ft, you will cruise at an average speed of 25 mph, leaving from our observation deck and returning to a 15 ft. platform across from our deck. The Flying V tour is operated on a half hour time basis with 8 persons per tour, so larger groups will be broken down into sub-groups of 8 that begin the zip-line tour in 30-minute increments.
5 ZIP LINES (OVER 1,400 FT LONG)
9 CHALLENGE ELEMENTS
APPROX 1-2 HOUR DURATION
The Challenge Adventure Tour is a guided zipline tour that combines the thrill of ziplining with the challenge of our high ropes course. Starting up a flight of stairs you quickly elevate from a mere 15 feet off the ground to 35 feet in one zip line. You will then have the option to choose from 9 Challenging Adventure elements. (i.e. climb across a cargo net, balance across the “wobbly log”, swing the “Monkey Vines”) all 35-45 ft. in the air. This course uses a new technology called a “continuous belay system” which helps ensure that participants are safe at all times. If you don’t want as much of a challenge, feel free to walk across our 70 ft. “cat walk” bridge instead, skipping the challenge elements and taking you to the next part of the course. You then continue on through 4 more zip lines extending to 60 feet off the ground and zipping over our pond.
7 ZIP LINES (OVER 3,500 FT LONG)
3 SKY BRIDGES & 40 FT. DESCENT
APPROX 2-2.5 HOUR DURATION
This guided tour was added in March 2013 and has been designed as a premier ziplining experience. The zip line spans are long and fast, with amazing views throughout the course. Your tour will start with a short hike to the entrance of the course. Then you can traverse up our sky bridge to enter into the Canopy of the trees. The first zip line is 500 ft., and after that the lines vary from 300 to 800 ft. with various pitches and running speeds, with a total of 7 zip lines. This course will give you an unforgettable experience. You will also enjoy 3 Sky bridges transferring you from platform to platform in the middle of our course. Then at the end, there is a 40 foot vertical descent to the forest floor via a DEUS controlled descent device! Once back on the ground, you will get a fun ride via unique transportation, back to the Activities Center. The Aerial Excursion tour is limited to 8 persons per tour; larger groups will be broken down into sub-groups of 8 that begin the tour in 30-minute increments.
Advance reservations are required.We are open year round, but our schedule varies according to the season.
Go Pro Rentals
Available on first come, first serve basis. See our FAQs section for more details on options, pricing & availability.
Looking for a unique gift option or not sure what experience too book? Give the gift of adventure by purchasing a gift certificate.
We offer a variety of discounts for military, birthdays and larger groups. Visit our discounts page for details.
Zipline Safety Information & Age, Height, Weight Restrictions
Your safety is our top priority.
Each zipline tour is facilitated by at least 2 tour guides who have been through extensive training. They will take care of every safety related detail on the course, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the rides. Our courses are registered with the PA Department of Agriculture Rides and Measurements Bureau and they meet/exceed the design standards of ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology). One of our guides does a daily “run-through inspection”, a state certified inspectors does a monthly inspection and once a year, a certified third party inspector does an inspection as well.
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Be aware that many older zip line courses use a braking design that requires the participant (i.e. you) to control your speed. That can be a daunting task for someone who may already be a bit nervous… Our course is different. On our Aerial Excursion course we use a brake design system that the industry recognizes as the safest approach to braking. First of all, each line is “dialed in” to allow gravity to work as a natural brake. Each line also has a “backup” brake mechanism that is controlled by our staff, so again, the participant does not need to worry about slowing themselves down. On our Aerial Excursion Tour, which has longer, faster zip lines, we use a patented braking/retrieval system called a ZIPKea on each line.
Some detailed requirements:
All riders must wear closed-toe shoes and the provided helmet and harness. Individual zipline riders must be at least 5 years old for the Flying V and Challenge Adventure and at least 8 years old for the Aerial Excursion. All individual riders must have a height of at least 48 inches, weigh between 60 lbs. and 280 lbs.* (80 lbs. and 280 lbs. for Aerial Excursion), and be of at least moderate physical health. Children that are at least 5 years old that are under the height or weight restrictions may ride tandem with an adult, provided a combined weight does not exceed 280 lbs.* The Challenge Adventure tour requires a ratio of at least 1 adult for each 3 children. The Aerial Excursion requires a ratio of at least 1 adult per child. Every participant is required to sign our release form.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Zip Line Canopy Tour is a series of cables and platforms that take you on an exhilarating tour through forests and wildlife. Canopy Tours were originally created to study different plant life and trees. Now it has become much more about the exciting “ziplining” experience, however, we still try and show the forest and wildlife from a perspective you’ll never forget!
Yes. Your safety is our top priority. Each zip-line tour is accompanied by at least 2 tour guides who have been through extensive training. They will take care of every safety related detail on the course, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the rides. Our courses are registered with the PA Department of Agriculture Rides and Measurements Bureau, they meet/exceed the design standards of ACCT (Association for Climbing Course Technology), and we conduct rigorous and thorough inspections on a regular basis.
Many older zip line courses use a braking design that requires the participant (i.e. you) to control your speed. That can be a daunting task for someone who may already be a bit nervous… Our course is different. We use a brake design system that the industry recognizes as the safest approach to braking. First of all, each line is “dialed in” to allow gravity to work as a natural brake. Each line also has a “backup” brake mechanism that is controlled by our staff, so again, the participant does not need to worry about slowing themselves down. On our Aerial Excursion Tour, which has longer, faster zip lines, we use a patented braking/retrieval system called a ZIPKea on each line.
There is ABSOLUTELY NO TIPPING EXPECTED. There will be at least 2 guides with your group for the duration of the event and you can expect that they will be extremely professional and safety conscious. They will take good care of your group through the experience, and you don’t have to pay extra for that 🙂
Participants do need to be reasonably fit to participate, by nature of the event. Please see the Activities Release and Waiver Form for more details on this, but in general participants should be able to carry 20-30 lbs of weight without difficulty, climb a flight of stairs, stand without need for assistance, walk over uneven terrain up and down a moderate slope. See question below on age, weight and height restrictions for more detail.
- For most of the “high adventure” activities, individual riders must be at least 5 years old. For the Aerial Excursion Course, individual riders must be a minimum of 8 years old. All participants should NOT exceed 280 lbs. Any rider under 60 lbs may need to ride tandem with a guide or other patron on certain lines, at the zipline guide’s discreation.
- Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult to complete the zip line courses; the ratio for the Aerial Excursion and Challenge Adventure Course are 1 adult per 3 children. Adult is defined as a person over the age of 18+.
No. You should schedule a tour ahead of time. If you just show up, and we have space available, we will gladly fit you in, but we sell out of space on a regular basis, plus we have specific start times. People that show up without a reservation generally don’t get to go thru the course.
or call 1-888-353-1490.
or call 1-888-353-1490.
We will need to know:
- What date(s)/time(s) you are interested in
- How many people to expect (this can be approximate to start, but will need to be finalized before your arrival)
- Your credit card information will be required to finalize the reservation (full payment is due at time of reservation).
- We offer GoPro Rentals for $35 per person for 1 tour, $55 for both tours (plus 6% sales tax).
- Rentals are handled on a first come, first serve basis and can be reserved at the time of reservation or when you check in at our office. Customers are required to sign a rental agreement.
- Rental includes use of camera for the duration of the tour. A 16GB Class 4 memory card with adapter and case is provided to the customer upon purchase.
- Cameras are side-mounted on helmets and are capable of recording live video in 720 HD at 60 fps and still images at 5 megapixels.
- Our staff maintain and setup the equipment and are available to assist you as needed
Yes, but it must be secured to your wrist or we can attach it to your harness using the wrist strap. We do not allow you to wear cameras or anything around your neck for safety reasons. Also, if you choose to bring your own equipment you should recognize that there is a possibility that it could be damaged on the tour. So whatever you bring is at your own risk. It is essential that it can be secured to your person for the tour.
Payment is due at time of reservation. In cases of inclement weather that affects the comfort and/or safety of the tour (high winds, lighting, heavy downpour, below freezing temperatures), customers will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. Cancellations for any other reason are eligible for a full refund if made at least 14 days in advance of scheduled tour date (less a $10 processing fee). Within 2 to 14 days of the event, re-scheduling may occur 1 time with no penalty, and cancellations are subject to a 25% cancel fee. No refunds or schedule changes allowed within 48 hours of the event.
In this situation, you will be billed for the full event, however, you do not need to finish the tour. The course is “Challenge By Choice” so if you feel that you cannot continue, our tour guides will be able to belay you to the ground from any of the platforms on the course. You will then need to walk from that point, back to the starting point. We want you to have a positive experience at our environmentally-friendly canopy tour.
Yes, Refreshing Mountain offers an array of other activity options, and there are often discounts available if you add them to your day before or after ziplining. Checkout this page to learn more about our Outdoor Exploration Package and Nature Discovery Package.
Please note that to book them as part of a zipline tour, you generally need to call our Front Desk at 1-888-353-1490 to get the discounts.