Harlan County building zip lines

By Marcus Conroy | 

Construction is underway in Harlan County on one the first zip lines in the area.

The course will take outdoor enthusiasts down beautiful Black Mountain, the highest point in Kentucky.

Thousands of folks like John and Mary Wyatt come to the mountain from across the country to drive on the ATV trails.

Now Harlan County officials are hoping to give folks another reason to visit the trails near Evarts ... zip lines.

"It just gives them more to do while they're here. If they're riding ATVs, they can zip line too. Most of the people will stand on the walking deck, and we'll send them out one at a time," said Ken Crider, with the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board

There will be 11 lines in total so riders can go more than a mile in the air.

"The elevation here's about 2,400 feet, and you'll end up about 1,200 feet when you get down to the bottom," said Crider.

He says the project costs more than $100,000, but he says it will be an attraction for the region.

"We can draw from Hazard, London, Corbin, Lexington, Tennessee, and Virginia," said Crider.

The Wyatts say they will definitely visit the trails again, and add that they cannot wait to try out the new zip lines.

Crider says the course should be finished in the next three to four weeks, just in time for Labor Day weekend.

The Red River Gorge celebrated the grand opening for their zip lines on on July 8.

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