Zip line Tour Policies

Physical Requirements

All tours require a moderate amount of physical exertion. On the pattern plus tour and extreme tour (Levels 3 & 4), you should be able to climb normal stairs in two different 65 foot towers, and a 100 foot tower, and walk a short distance on paved trails and have average balance capabilities. Each participant must be physically able to control the speed of their travel along the zip lines by grasping the cable with leather gloves. Participants must also be able to pull themselves along the zip cable several feet in the event they lose their momentum before reaching any given platform. You must have a full range of motion and use of both of your upper and lower extremities. You must be able to see and hear our guides and recognize hand motions.

Please feel free to call us if you are not sure. This is not recommended for those with:

  • Moderate to severe respiratory problems
  • Heart problems
  • Moderate to severe musculoskeletal problems
  • Back problems
  • Those in their mid – last trimester of pregnancy

 We do not do tandem rides (riding together) at all. We do not let pets on the zip line canopy tour. We require at least two participants to open any of our aerial adventure tour slots. Please check adventure levels and options for weight and age requirements.

Coupons and Discounts cannot be used in combination.

Please note, we do not allow anyone onto the course who has been consuming alcohol or drugs that can impair physical and or mental capabilities. This is for your safety as well as the group’s and staff’s safety. If we believe you are or have been under the influence, we WILL NOT allow you onto the course. If this happens, you will still be responsible for charges for your reserved canopy tour slot(s).

*Please note and understand that our staff and management have the right to refuse anyone participation rights if they do not meet the above requirements or if it is deemed unsafe for them or anyone else in the group. The staff has the final say on participation.

What to wear and bring

Do NOT wear sandals, flip flops, or open toed shoes or shoes without backs of any kind. no five-fingered shoes allowed. We can’t let you on the tour if you do not wear the appropriate shoes! This is to protect your feet as you approach the platform at the end of each zip line. You will not be allowed to go on the course and there is no refund for not having the right shoes on.

Keep in mind you will be wearing a harness, so wear clothes that will be comfortable to have leg straps and a waist strap over. If you have any loose items, we recommend you leave them in your room or car or put them in a zip or velcro type pocket or “fanny pac”. If you bring a camera, make sure it has a wrist or neck strap attached. If you lose something at 200 feet in the air, you are most likely not going to get it back!

Please give us a call at 770-834-9149 or email us at info@historicbanningmills.com with any questions.

Cancellation Policy

To ensure a quality experience, tours are offered by reservation only. Walk-ups and same day reservations will be placed on the next available tour time for that day if one is available. We cannot guarantee tours for walk-ups, however we will do everything possible to open up another tour time if one is available.

When your tour is booked, we schedule Guides and other support staff to be available to make your Tree Flight Adventure as wonderful as possible. For this reason, we require a cancellation notice of 7 days BEFORE your reserved time for individuals and 14 days BEFORE your reserved time for groups of 10 or more. If you fail to meet your appointment, we still incur all the same expenses and may have turned others away. Therefore:

Cancellation outside of the 7-day policy (14 for groups of 10+):

If a guest requests to cancel outside the 7-day policy, we will refund the entire amount back to the card on file minus a $20 processing fee.

Cancellation inside of the 7-day policy (14 for groups of 10+):

If a guest requests to cancel inside of the 7-day policy, the following charges will apply:

  • Overnight accommodations will be charged the full amount for the first night of stay.
  • Activities will be charged 50% of the activity total for your reservation.
  • Any remaining amount will be refunded to the card on file minus a $20 processing fee.

*Guests who fail to show for a reservation or cancel the day of will not be issued a refund.

Transfers:

We now offer a “gift card compensation” for guests that wish to transfer their reservation. This must be done outside of the 7-day cancellation policy. Guests will still pay the transfer fees of $25 for rooms and $5 per person per activity. The remaining amount on the account will be put on a gift card and emailed to the guest. Guests can rebook online or call reservations when they are ready. Gift card amounts are good for 5 years.

For Groups:

It will be the person’s responsibility, who made the reservation, to have their group members reimburse them for any reservation or cancellation fees charged. If you are making the reservation, we will charge the group coordinator’s card for the full amount of the guests you schedule. Groups must make ONE payment.

*All request for cancellations and gift card compensations must be emailed to info@historicbanningmills.com

Payment

We do take cash and credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, and Discover) only as payment – NO Personal Checks. If you want to pay cash for a reservation, the reservation must be prepaid and a credit card is still required to be on file to cover upgrades of tours that have not been prepaid. A guest can pay cash at check out for upgrades but if the guest does not come back to pay, the card will be used for any and all upgrades done.

“No-Go” Charge

Sometimes, our guests decide that the course is a bit too much for them to attempt. Please understand that even though a guest decides to not go out on the course, they took up a slot for another paying guest. We understand that a guest that decides not to go on the tour or wants to com back after starting the tour felt they should not have to pay for a tour not completed, however, the charge is to cover scheduled guide expenses. We will only charge the guest for Level 1 if they are unable to do th tours. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Weather

We will not run tours in thunderstorms, high winds, or “close in” lightning (3 miles). It is important to remember that foul weather in your area does not necessarily mean foul weather at Banning Mills. Please call first if you have concerns about the weather. We will call only if we are certain your tour will not run. In som cases, tours may be postponed to allow for some weather systems to pass. Sometimes tours might end up being on hold from 45 to 60 minutes due to weather pop-ups. When you are planning a tour with us, please take this into consideration. If we do not call you, the tour is still “a go”. If you do not show up, that will be considered a no show and the cancellation policy will be in effect.

Times

Please be at Banning Mills at least 30 minutes before your scheduled tour time. We do try to leave as promptly as possible and if you are very late, you may miss your tour time. We cannot guarantee you a place on the next tour. If you miss our tour time, there will be no refund given. Please understand that we Do Not guarantee that you will go out promptly at your scheduled time.

We have no control over weather pop-ups or how any guest will react to the course. Some guests will take longer than others and so extend the estimate course time that they are out. Make sure you take this into consideration as you plan your tour with us. Please be patient, especially with others in your group, because you are going to be glad you did! ARE YOU READY?!

All tour times are estimates. Times may be shorter or longer depending on the number of gusts on the tour, physical abilities, and fear factor. Tour times do include gear up and safety briefings, as well as your zip lines and tree walks per tour chosen.

We are open all year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We also have great accommodations here in a number of price ranges!! So don’t worry if you’re coming from far away, we’ve got room in the inn for you!

Contact Us

We are here almost every day and welcome you to contact us at 770-834-9149 or send an email when you are ready to plan your weekend getaway, group event, family adventure vacation, or corporate retreat. Historic Banning Mills is a non-profit retreat and conservation center. Banning Mills is a non-smoking facility!

Proceeds from the zip line canopy tours ar used to help subsidize our educational, leadership and conservancy programs. Because of budget constraints, these tours will keep our outdoor education experiences affordable to schools and youth organizations.