5 Reasons to Visit Georgia’s Historic Banning Mills
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On a hidden gorge along a beautiful creek in Carroll County, Georgia, there was once a thriving textile mill that turned into a ghost town. Today, Historic Banning Mill has transformed itself into an adventure destination with the world’s largest zipline canopy tour and the lots of other ways to push your limits or try something new.
Here are the top five reasons to visit this unique nonprofit retreat and conservation center for your next summer getaway!
Zip Line Adventures
The Screaming Eagle at Banning Mills has been named the longest and largest zip line canopy tour in the entire world. There are nearly 10 miles of zip lines here, as well as sky bridges that extend about 600 feet long and six levels to choose from. The Aerial Adventure Challenge Park takes zip lining to the next level with swinging planks, a Tarzan slide and other extreme obstacles to get your adrenaline pumping.
After spending a day up in the trees, why not sleep up among them as well? Historic Banning Mills offers treehouse lodging with modern conveniences. These fun rooms have king beds, fireplaces, jetted tubs, private bathrooms, and decks with views of the gorge.
Guinness World Record Climbing Wall
Another record that this adventure destination has broken is the tallest free-standing climbing wall. The wall here is 140 feet high and has nine climbing lanes and two rappel walls. Depending on your rock climbing skill level, you can attempt anywhere from a 5.5 to a 5.12 route. Every route is unique with features like overhands, a chimney, and amazing views of the Snake Creek Gorge.
Horseback Trail Rides
However, not all of the adventure is up in the trees because there’s lots to do on the ground and along the trails too. For a cost of $50, you can take a one-hour horseback ride or $79 for a two-hour ride to experience the peaceful side of Banning Mills on horseback.
The Art of Falconry
Another really interesting thing to do when you visit Banning Mills is to learn about the ancient art of falconry. There are programs here to learn about the equipment used with these raptors, as well as feeling, weighing, and housing the birds. Live falcon hunts also take place and include guests in accompanying falcons to hunt small game in the wild.