New zip line opens near Mohican
July 24, 2010 - By NEIL ZURCHER- Cleveland
LOUDONVILLE -- Zip lines have become the newest
adventure attraction in Ohio. And beginning
August 1, a new facility will open in the Mohican area.
It’s Tree Frog Canopy Tours and it’s just
nine miles south of Loudonville in a remote part of
the Mohican area just over the Knox County line.
The first Ohio zip line was built just two years ago
in the Hocking Hills. It was joined last year by another
zip line that operates in a valley near Fort Ancient
in southwestern Ohio north of Cincinnati.
Bruce Baker, who spent 20 years as manager at Snow Trails
Ski Resort near Mansfield, is one of the owners of Tree
Frog Canopy Tours. The course is laid out over 50 acres
of hillside forest, where some of the ancient trees
are as high as eight to 10-story buildings.
Visitors zip through the trees for over 4,000 feet before
they reach the bottom where there’s a visitor’s
center and a former sawmill. According to Baker, the
most thrilling part of the ride is when you zip 730
feet between two platforms. It carries you over 150
feet above the valley.
Baker said that you must be in normal health
and weigh between 90 and 250 pounds to ride the zip
line. Children must be at least 10 years of age.
Cost for the three-hour tour is $85 on weekends. The
tours go rain or shine, seven days a week. However operations
are suspended when there is high wind or lightening.
“A gentle rain just makes the rides go faster,”
said Baker. Groups of eight make up each tour, and reservations
Tree Frog Canopy Tours is located at 21899 Wally Road
in Glenmont, Ohio. Call (740) 599-2662 or visit www.treefrogcanopytours.com.
After flying through the trees, you may be ready for
a piece of pie. Rader’s Restaurant, otherwise
known as the “House of Pies,” is located
near the intersection of Wally Road and Route 3 on the
outskirts of Loudonville.
For over 40 years , it has been known for its home-made
pies, offering a selection of eight to 10 different
fruit, cream and specialty pies each day.
We tried one of their top-sellers, “Kentucky Derby
Pie.” It’s a pie made with walnuts, oatmeal
and chocolate chips and is similar to a pecan pie. Served
hot, it is a rich treat that is sure to give you a sugar
rush. Rader’s is located at 1014 South Market
Street-Route 3 in Loudonville. Call (419) 994-5155.
Don’t forget that Loudonville is “The Canoe
Capitol of Ohio.” There are a host of canoe liveries
along the riverfront, as well as many campgrounds with
miniature golf, go-karts and other recreational activities.
For more information, visit the Loudonville-Mohican
Convention and Visitor Bureau at 131 West Main Street,
Loudonville, call (877) 2-MOHICAN, or visit www.loudonville-mohican.com.