The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority has approved a $250,000 loan to Kentucky Zipline Adventures to construct a zipline canopy tour in Clay City.
The company is planning to offer six lines ranging from a few feet to more than 1,500 feet in length. Participants wear a harness that is attached to the zipline and travel at tree-line level.
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 [Red River] 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 Canopy Tours Inc., a New Hampshire firm that has 25 years of experience in the field. According to information released by the state, the installation will meet standards developed by national organizations to ensure the safety of the participants, including annual inspections, training for guides and using the proper safety equipment.
The Clay City operation is expected to open this year and will operate eight months out of the year.