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"We are now the largest Aerial Adventure company in the world. We have more miles of zipline than anywhere else," says Dave Arnold owner of Adventures on the Gorge.

TreeTops Canopy tour, located in the New River Gorge is the first mile long, sustainable, guided Canopy Tour in West Virginia.  Arnold says, "Instead of being amusement rides these are authentic, these are the real McCoy."  One visitor, Mark Cole says "well, it's more of an adventure type vacation, and that's what we like, we like getting out backpacking, hiking, and scuba diving and this kind of fits right in to that kind of stuff."

Kids ten and up, and kids at heart, are welcome to explore the ten ziplines and five sky bridges.  Each tour is lead by two tour guides, patiently leading visitors as they work through their wobbles.  One tour guide, Erin Nash, tells us "I love my job, it's so much fun getting to meet new people everyday; getting to help people out of their comfort zones so they can push themselves a little further."

TreeTops uses the trolley system, which allows adventures to control their speed and direction, and these cables are coated, which leaves you immersed in the sounds of nature.  With the exception the occasional shouts of joy.

And the course was built keeping the environment in mind.  "TreeTops, believe it or not, I refer to it as art. The people who built treetops were just as much about putting that system into the natural environment as they were about speed and height," says Arnold.

At the end of the TreeTops Adventure lies a thirty foot rappel.  An adrenaline filled end, to an unforgettable tour of the treetops.

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