South Charlotte

Zip through winter above the trees

Kersey Valley Zipline

1615 Kersey Valley Road, High Point. 336-802-1962;

Kersey Valley Zip Line is open every day of the year except Dec. 25, with a 10-line tower-to-tower course that totals 1.5 miles and which can be completed in 2 1/2 hours or less, including "flight school" training.

You still get the warm-weather "flying" experience, but the wintery scenery is different in the rolling rural hills on the outskirts of High Point: The oaks still hold their foliage, but leaves have dropped from the maples so you can see more of the farmland you're soaring through.

Most towers on the course are at least 30 feet up; the shortest run is about 200 feet and the longest basic line is 850 feet. Most of the time, you're 30 to 100 feet off the ground.

Kersey Valley offers night flights on selected days when there's a new moon (next: Dec. 30-31) or full moon (Jan. 9-10); those are offered 5-7 p.m. this time of year.

At all times, reservations are required, 24 hours in advance.

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. Sessions are at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. and by appointment. Longer/flexible hours on weekends.

Cost: $89 (you must be 10 or older and weigh 70-250 pounds). Cost for 14-line course: $118 (four extra lines, including the longest on the property:1,200 feet).

Target audience: Outdoor enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, companies and groups seeking team-building activities.

Travel time from Charlotte: 90 minutes.

Directions: Interstate 85 North to N.C. 62 (exit 113A). At the top of the exit ramp, turn left, cross the bridge and continue an eighth-mile to the first right, Kersey Valley Road. Turn there; the course is a quarter-mile ahead, on the right.