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Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

14529 Pocohontas Trail
Open Monday-Sunday 8:00am – 5:00pm, closed Tuesday & in winter
512-614-1996 Half day
July 2014 Summer, Fall, Spring
$100+ Volente Texas
Website Recreation Ziplining
 
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures features zipline recreation in the Texas hill country about 30 minutes from Austin. The course includes 5 different ziplines, two of which are comparatively short and easy and three are longer, faster and more exciting. You should plan on spending about half a day here to do a full zipline course, which takes about 3 hours. Reservations are also highly recommended. In addition to the zips, the company has some picnic areas and access to a lake. There are also rental cabins.

The company began offering ziplining in 2011. The land is privately owned and generally undeveloped. As a result, the course has a park like feel with good trails and plenty of trees. Views from the higher zips are great on a clear day. When water levels in Lake Travis are higher, a boat is used to cross the lake and get to the course, but in this instance a van sufficed as a road was passable. In addition to the daytime zips, there are also monthly nighttime outings in which intrepid individuals are equipped with helmet lights and glow sticks and then go ziplining into the darkness based on guts alone.

This was a highly professional operation from start to finish. The two staff people, Rex and Liz, were upbeat, helpful and pleasant. Most of the staff here are laidback types that one could expect to see on a surfboard, rollerblade or ski slope. The group of 14 guests also was engaging and personable. It was a sold out outing, as was every other tour that day, thus the need for reservations. After some introductions, training and outfitting, the group started zipping on the first of two baby zips to get acquainted with the equipment and the ride. Both were easy, nothing special. The last three zips are the payoff here, especially the final one which drops approximately 2,800 feet and approaches speeds of 60 miles an hour. If you like roller coasters or fast things in general, you will find this right up your alley. It was hard if not impossible to get oriented facing the direction one was headed, but still the views and speed made it a cool outing. There is some moderate hill hiking, but a person in decent shape would not have any issues. Bottled water also was provided. For those with a taste for speed and adventure and who are looking for exhilarating recreation near Austin, ziplining should be just what the doctor ordered. Note that weight limits are strictly enforced; you must be between 70 and 250 pounds.
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