West Virginia State Parks and the West Virginia Office of Tourism officials unveiled the new Pipestem Resort State Park zipline, operated by Ace Adventure Resort, May 9 during ribbon cutting ceremonies.
The zipline allows riders to soar for more than a mile above the Bluestone National Scenic River and is part of an $11 million investment in Pipestem Resort State Park.
Additionally, the park is undergoing extensive improvements to the cabins, lodge, campground facilities, as well as the water treatment facility and tram.
“This is truly a great day for West Virginia State Parks,” said Stephen McDaniel, Division of Natural Resources director.
“Since day one on the job, Gov. Justice has charged me with finding ways to improve our parks, and he has been involved every step of the way in this project.”
Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby, State Parks Chief Sam England, Pipestem Park Superintendent Brett McMillion, and Paul Buechler, of Ace Adventure Resort, also participated in the ceremonies.
Ace Adventure has several other projects at Pipestem, including an adventure lake and splash park similar to Ace’s lake in Oak Hill, rock climbing and rappelling instruction, kayaking and paddle board tours, guided mountain bike excursions, and tubing and whitewater adventures.
Guided fishing trips on the Bluestone River began earlier this spring.
“The partnership project between West Virginia State Parks and Ace Adventure Resort demonstrates just how committed our partners are to growing and developing West Virginia’s tourism industry,” Ruby said.
“This world-class zipline will make this beloved park into an even more popular tourism destination, and I can’t wait to get more visitors to come and experience these almost heaven adventures.”
The Pipestem Peaks canopy tour spans more than 1.5 miles of ziplines and crosses the Bluestone Gorge three times. The tour soars more than 300 feet above the river valley and can reach speeds up to 50 mph, according to officials.
At the end of the tour, riders can return from the gorge via the park’s tram.
Overall, the adventure takes between two to three-and-a-half hours to complete, including the gear-up process, training and transportation.
The one-of-a-kind course was designed by Bonsai Design of Grand Junction, Colo., a leading company in zip line construction.
For more information, visit wvstateparks.com.