Kentucky Zipline Adventures Plan Canopy Tour In Lee/Wolfe County
FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority has approved a loan to Red River Gorge Zipline to construct a zipline canopy tour in Red River Gorge.
Red River Gorge Zipline is planning to offer six lines ranging from a few hundred to over 1,500 feet in length. Participants wear a harness that is attached to the zipline and travel at tree-line level.
The authority last month approved a $250,000 loan for the new business, which plans to open in 2011 and operate eight months out of the year.
"The Kentucky Zipline Adventure in the Red River Gorge is just one more way for Kentuckians and tourists alike to appreciate the beauty of Kentucky," said Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. "I am excited to see unique economic development opportunities arise through our commitment to adventure tourism and the new zipline is a prime example of the endless possibilities that can jumpstart our rural economies."
The Daniel Boone National Forest and Red River Gorge are the perfect setting for a world class zipline canopy tour. This loan will allow us to create 15 to 18 job opportunities and help bring more visitors to Lee/Wolfe Counties. The help and support of the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority and the entire tourism community has been amazing.
According to Elaine Wilson, executive director of Adventure Tourism with the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, ziplining "will be an exciting way for adventure enthusiasts to discover and rediscover the Gorge area while adding a new dimension of exploration into the natural beauty of Eastern Kentucky and the Daniel Boone National Forest."
The ziplines will be constructed by The Challenge Me Group LLC. A firm that has years of experience in this field. They have constructed and consulted on ziplines in many states and other countries. The installation will meet standards developed by national organizations to ensure the safety of the participants. This includes annual inspections, training for guides and using the proper safety equipment. Phone 606-668-6222