Rather than channeling out more space underground, Ruby Falls has taken its newest activity skyward.
The ZipStream Aerial Adventure, a series of suspended obstacles built into the trees, opens Saturday at the Lookout Mountain attraction.
The self-directed courses for children, youth and adults allow participants to move through a series of increasingly challenging tree-to-tree activities. All courses are graded by colored diamonds, progressing from green to blue to red to black, making the challenges higher and more difficult at each level.
Courses include ladders, nets, walkways, bridges, tunnels and zip lines. Maneuvering through both courses should take about an hour and 15 minutes.
All courses use a state-of-the-art belay system that ensures a continuous connection to the safety system and engages participants in the process of moving from element to element. All participants are trained in the use of the belay system by qualified staff and must demonstrate the capacity to operate the components before entering the courses. All courses are overseen by trained, qualified Adventure Guild staff.
If You Go
n What: ZipStream Aerial Adventure.
n When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in May; open every day Memorial Day through Labor Day.
n Where: Ruby Falls, 1720 South Scenice Highway.
n Admission: $30.95 ages 11 and up for Green and Blue Course; $16.95 for children's course.
n Phone: 821-2544.
n Website: www.rubyfalls.com.