Zipping around the woods
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 10:05 PM
Zipping from one tree to the next 80 feet off the ground with wind whipping at your face is a new source of entertainment for Montgomery County. Indiana Zipline Tours owners, Billy and Cori Hallett, opened zip line tours April 1 in hopes of getting people outdoors.
The Paper photo by Tiffany Watt.
Billy Hallett stands on one of the platforms at one of eight zip lines through 60 acres of property.
"People in Indianapolis look out their window and see another house, we look out ours and see trees, "said Billy Hallett."Not everyone gets to live like this."
The Halletts sold their gutter cover business to devote their time to the zip line entertainment venue, Billy said.
Over a mile of zip line cable, Indiana Zipline Tours is Indiana's longest zip line. The course includes eight zip lines and a swinging bridge. During tours, visitors are exposed to Indiana's only suspended platforms in trees and scenic hikes.
"People like to get back to nature," said Billy Hallett.
The Halletts take pride in the zip lines as a source of family entertainment. Acknowledging that families look for entertainment that everyone can enjoy, the Halletts allow children to ride accompanied by an adult.
"We're one of the only courses in Indiana that will do kids three and up," said Cori Hallett. "They usually have to be 70 pounds, so the kids ride in front with the parents or a guide."
Indiana Zipline Tours is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during summer hours. Night zips are part of the extended weekend hours. For more information or to make reservations call (765) 866-0006.
"It is up to two hours of entertainment," said Cori Hallett, "it is something we decided we were going to do."