Snow is melting and signs of spring are popping up everywhere. For those that enjoy the outdoors, a new opportunity was recently completed that has the potential to interest locals and tourists alike.
The Pine Mountain Zipline Canopy Tour located at Pine Mountain State Resort Park is scheduled to open in May.
Burgess Carey, owner of The Carey Group and PMZCT project developer is looking forward to showcasing the natural assets of Bell County.
“This will bring attention to the beauty of the area and a part that is most often overlooked — the hardwood forest — boost ecotourism and travel to eastern Kentucky. I think this project will be something that people in the area will be very proud of and they’ll be great ambassadors for. It’s going to be a true regional attraction,” said Carey.
Carey expects PMZCT will attract a wide demographic of visitors — from pre-teens to baby boomers and upwards — but will be more than just an exciting ride through the woods.
“It’s a multi-dimensional experience which will impact our guests in many different ways — the thrill of riding a long zipline, for starters but it’s educational and fun. We have a spectacular resource in the Honeymoon Falls area that’s been impacted by an invasive species that gives visitors a chance to learn about this problem, but also positive things like the history and natural resources that are only found in this area,” said Carey.
Visitors will be able to control their own breaking, climb spiral staircases, traverse suspended bridges and rappel to different educational platforms as part of the tour.
The cost is estimated at $69 to $79 per person, however the company is planning to offer discounts for locals and visitors and during the off-seasons.
PMZCT has been a long time in the making which Carey believes is because of licensing issues, but he is excited for this to be his first project at a state park.
“We had some challenges to overcome with the state, with getting the license, but this is my first type of project on state park property which caused a learning curve. Despite that, the locals and employees at the park have just been fantastic to work with,” said Carey.
He expects that PMZCT will promote tourism in the area and could restore Bell County as a popular vacation spot.
“There’s so much potential — great fishing, hiking, and it’s beautiful — and we’re excited to be just a piece in that. The area has all of the ingredients to become a destination and I look forward to helping develop that,” said Carey.
To stay updated with PMZCT, visit Pine Mountain Zipline Canopy Tour on Facebook or at www.pmzct.com. They are taking applications for tour guides, which can also be found on the website.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.