What’s more fun than soaring high above treetops over rolling foothills on zip lines? There’s really nothing like it – and here they make it easy. The seat harness means you can lay back and let go if you feel like it. Not only that, but they have a tandem harness that parents can take their adventurous children on. So, if you’ve got a little one who loves thrilling adventures, s/he doesn’t have to be left out of this one. Parent and child together can weigh a maximum 270 pounds (123 kilograms) to fit the harness. Your preteen doesn’t have to miss out either – zip lines can be enjoyed by anyone over 70 pounds (32 kilograms). Children must be six years of age to ride zip lines.
Even the trip to the zip lines is fun. You’ll get kitted out in your zip gear at the Zip Shack, after which the Zip Cruiser takes you up to the launch tower, which is accessed via the Sky Bridge (see instagram photo below). Take off is easy and landing at the landing tower is well engineered to buffer even the fastest entry.
The zip lines close for maintenance or during an electrical storm.
Moaning Cavern’s zip lines offer an easy adventure for most people – stepping off the 100-ft tall launch tower is the only part you have to worry about. After that, just sit back and enjoy a thrilling ride. If you have mobility issues, call ahead to see if they can assist you.
Another fun (and inexpensive) activity on the grounds is the 32-foot (10-meters) climbing tower with 10 routes that you can race your friends/family up to ring the bell at the top. Jump backwards from the top and your harness gives you a smooth descent back to the ground.
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Cave and Mine Adventures, which operates Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, received the BEST RECREATION award in the 2014 Calaveras Visitors Bureau Innovations in Tourism Awards for developing the zip lines at Moaning Cavern Adventure Park and for operating and funding the Murphys Information Center.