The Sandbar Adds Riverside Zip Lines


The Sandbar, once a restaurant on the shores of the Broad River near Athens, Ga., has added 11 zip lines for 2015.

Natalie Sanford, general manager, said her family has been working to transform the property into a family-friendly venue where people can enjoy the outdoors and the river.

UGA Bulldogs kicker Marshall Morgan and girlfriend Madison Giddens, Miss UGA, on one of The Sandbar’s zip lines. (Photo courtesy of The Sandbar)

The zip-line course, built by Signature Research of Douglasville, consists of 11 lines ranging from 100 yards to the finale, a 1,200-foot drop down the side of a hill and across the bend in the river. Riders reach average speeds of about 35 mph on the faster lines and the highest zip line suspends riders about 100 feet above the ground. The course crosses Mill Shoal Creek eight times.

“This is such beautiful country, we wanted people to be able to experience it with the least possible impact,” Sanford said. “The guys at Signature Research did a great job and took their time with the set up and training.”

The full 11-line course is $79 while a shorter 6-line course is $59. The price includes equipment, training and a professional guide.


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Troy Hawks contributes to Adventure Park Insider, Ski Area Management, and a variety of other publications and websites. He has held editorial positions at business magazines serving outdoor sports and recreation as well as manufacturing and textiles. Most recently he was communications manager for the National Ski Areas Association and editor of the NSAA Journal. He also serves as a communications consultant for several clients. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, he now lives in Denver, Colo.

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