It seems like you can't look up in the Midwest these days without seeing a zip line overhead. And as this market matures, it's getting easier to discern between the tours doing it right and those just capitalizing on a trend. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours was one of the first on the scene, and its quality continues to stand out.
The tour ($89 per person) moves among platforms built high in the canopy around tree trunks (using attachments that won't harm the trees, as the guides readily point out). Customers zip down long runs that provide views of a river and limestone caves. In several spots, narrow swinging bridges connect the platforms—this isn't for anyone with unsteady feet or a fear or heights. Our guides were friendly, informed and enthusiastic. The only service complaint we had was a rather pushy employee who met us at the end of the tour and made repeated attempts to sell us photos of ourselves zipping.
Super Zip is a recent addition to the complex ($20 to tack on to the canopy tour); this journey sends customers flying over the Hocking River at 55 mph in a Superman-style horizontal position.