RVC Outdoor Destinations adds 12 zip lines for treetop adventures in Hot Springs
Memphis-based RVC Outdoor Destinations has added 12 zip lines to its Catherine’s Landing outdoor resort in Hot Springs, Ark.
“Now they can do this and sit by the fire at night and talk about what they were doing a few hundreds yards away.”“What’s exciting about them is it’s so consistent with what we are trying to provide in giving people an incredible outdoor experience,” Andy Cates, chief executive officer and general partner, said Monday.
The comfort-camping RVC provides amenity-heavy RV sites, yurts, cottages and cabins at resorts also located in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.
The relatively new company is striving to differentiate itself among commercial camping companies, and to become the most upscale of that industry’s brands.
RVC partnered with Nashville-based AdventureWorks to provide the dozen separate zip lines and a “sky bridge” at Catherine’s Landing.
Guests and the general public there can glide more than a mile total through about 50 forested acres. Strapped to safety harnesses, they will travel as far as 800 feet at a time and be as high as six stories.
“You are physically in natural beauty and climbing towers, stair steps. These are beautiful wood towers. You climb the tower,” Cates said. “… You take a long zip line to the ground and hike to the next tower and you do it again. There are 12 of them.”
Jennifer Halverson, president of AdventureWorks, said in a release, “We felt there was no better place to get people in the air than beautiful Catherine’s Landing.’’
The full zip line tour will take about 90 minutes to complete and includes routes appropriate for all ages and abilities, according to RVC.
The zip lines will be open to the public. According to the AdventureWorks website, the cost will be $60 for adults and $45 for children under 18. Catherine’s Landing guests will receive special pricing.
The zip lines will be in a separate part of the resort from the yurts, cabins and RV sites. “We thought deeply about how not to negatively affect our lodging, our primary business,” Cates said.
The AdventureWorks grand opening will be March 29 and 30th.
“You start off easy and short,” Cates said of the first of the 12 zip lines. “They get longer and steeper. By the time you finish the course you are over water and there’s a sky bridge you walk across. It’s beautiful.”
RVC plans to bring zip-lining to several of its other resorts, including River Plantation RV Resort in Sevierville, Tenn.