Zip line named Blue Heron Adventure to open Saturday

The zip line course that connects Alabama and Georgia officially opens Saturday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning in downtown Columbus. Officials from both sides of the Chattahoochee River were in attendance for the ceremony that happened before a group went down the zip line and tested the aerial course.

The $400,000 course, which has been named the Blue Heron Adventure, is the only dual-zip line connecting two states, according to Uptown officials.

Zip line riders will step off a 60-foot tower in Woodruff Park and almost immediately find themselves about 100 feet above the river as they race toward the Phenix City tower at speeds of 35-40 mph. Once there, they can navigate a two-tier aerial course, then another 400-foot zip line through the trees along the riverbank, then board a pontoon boat for a ride back to Columbus.

Trips can be booked at Whitewater Express at 1000 Bay Ave.

There are several different pricing options available.

For a full zip line experience that includes the aerial course and the raft back, you will pay $49.50 on a weekday and $59.50 on the weekend. Officials say this option takes about two hours. People can do just the aerial course for $22-24.50 or just the zip line and raft back to Columbus for $39.50-$44.50.

A half-day of zipping is $69.50-$79.50.

There also are special packages that include whitewater rafting. For a "classic" rafting trip plus the full zip line and aerial course, you'll pay $79.50 on a weekday or $89.50 on the weekend. The "challenge" rafting trip plus the full zip line and aerial course, will run $89.50-$99.50.

The aerial course and zip line weight limit is 250 pounds. Ages five and up can experience the aerial course. Kids must be 10 years of age or older and at least 70 pounds to do the zip line. For more information on the Blue Heron Adventure, visit uptowncolumbusga.com or call Whitewater Express at 706-321-4720.