Safety First

Chattahoochee Nature Center  Zip Line Canopy tours and Aerial Adventure Park is owned and Operated by Screaming Eagle Zip Line Canopy Tours at Historic Banning Mills and is the most experienced zipline canopy tour and now the SAFER option for zip line canopy tours using a closed belay system for beginning to end.  You are never disconnected from our patented safety system unless your feet are on the ground or in a safe area!  You can rest assured that safety is our number 1 priority.  We take our safety standards seriously so that you can have an amazing experience while zip lining with us!  Thousands have made life long memorable and fun experiences with us since 1999.  All of our ziplines, towers and other adventure trek pieces have been designed and build by American Adventure Park Systems, Historic Banning Mill’s own highly decorated maintenance and construction team.


Prior to taking to the adventure course or eco canopy zipline tour, our team of experienced guides will fit you in a safety harness that is specially designed for aerial adventure.  Guest will be instructed on how to correctly put on the harness then the guides will check the harness for integrity and proper fit.  You will also be provided with gloves to protect your hands and specially designed helmets to protect your head.  It isn’t our intention that you will need these items, but in the even you do, you are well protected!  (p.s. bring your GoPro for your helmet!).  Next, you will be instructed on how our safety system works and go through a training session before heading out on the course.  Our guides are with you each step of the way on the course so don’t worry!  If you have any questions, we encourage you to please ask your guides!


Screaming Eagle Adventures at Historic Banning Mills is one of the FIRST professionally installed zip line adventure courses in the United States.  Owner/Operator and former Special Ops/U.S. Army Ranger, Aviator, Mike Holder, helped design and construct ziplines for mountaineering training and combat demonstration purposes at Ft. Benning, Georgia, as well as around the world.  Mike’s military and zip line expertise has aided in the success of Screaming Eagle Adventures at Historic Banning Mills.  All of our courses, as well as other we build, are professionally designed, constructed, installed, inspected and maintained.  We now bring this professionalism to Chattahoochee Nature Center  Zipline Aerial Adventures.



American Adventure Park Systems is an accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the ACCT in the Design, Build, Train & Supply Adventure Park Industry.  We adhere to or exceed this organization rigorous safety (ANSI & ASTM) standards and inspections.  Outside professional vendors provide annual inspection and updates for certification, i.e. equipment, training and our course.  In addition, we conduct and document our own daily system and in-use equipment inspections.  We check for wear, serviceability, and other potential safety issues.
ACCT – Association of Challenge Course Technology is the world’s leading and largest trade organization an sets the standard for developing and running challenge courses and zip line canopy tour programs.  For more information on this organization and it’s safety standards, please visit


Our Canopy Tour Guides are trained extensively to best ensure your safety, well being and FUN on our zip line canopy tours.  All Guides are CPR and Wilderness First Responder trained.  Guides at Chattahoochee Nature Center  Zip line and Aerial Adventure Park are also trained in High Rescue Techniques.  Our Guides are required  to have 60 hours of training quarterly on Wilderness First Aid refresher, hands on High Rescue procedures and refresher, review policy and procedures.
As a standard procedure before any Zip line or Canopy adventure, guests MUST participate in a detailed safety course briefing.  Our guests must submit to a 20-30 LIVE briefing on safety, how to use the gear, what to do and what NOT to do.  Our guests never go out by themselves and are always accompanied by a minimum of 2 qualified Guides.  Guests must meet weight, age and physical requirements before being allowed out on the course.  See FAQ for restrictions.  All restrictions are in place for the safety of our guests and staff.


If you are interested in joining the zipline, aerial adventure or adventure business, American Adventure Park Systems at Historic Banning Mills can help!  We design and build world class aerial tours.
American Adventure Park Systems (AAPS) design and build WORLD CLASS zip line canopy tours, aerial adventure courses and aerial tours.
AAPS also offers training for zip line canopy tour Guides.  AAPS’ workshops train guides in Advanced High Rescue Techniques, CPR and Wilderness First Responder Certification at Historic Banning Mills, the largest most experienced course in the world.
AAPS’ safety equipment and harnesses can support up to 18 times our maximum participate weight limits.  The cable connections are build with a four-time redundancy of full cable tensile strength and we use nothing smaller than 1/2 inch wire rope (cable) no matter how short the zip line.  All courses are constructed with the QuickTrekker continuous, belay system which prevents accidental disconnects.
If you would like or need information about zip line operations, safety equipment, training or construction please visit online at or call us directly at 770-834-9149.
AAPS use and are distributors for the following State of the Art Safety Equipment:

  • Petzel, Inc
  • Robinson Mountaineering
  • Head Rush Technologies
  • zipStop
  • Tru Blue Belay
  • QuickJump Power Fan
  • Vertikal Trek Innovations/QuickTrekker Continuous Belay Systems – The ONLY continuous belay system designed for long zip lines and adventure courses.

Our Safety System in Action at Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures


Screaming Eagle at The Chattahoochee Nature Center  is a subsidiary of Historic Banning Mills: a non profit conservancy center. Proceeds of the zip line canopy tours are used to help subsidize all of our educational, leadership and conservancy programs. Our aerial adventure tours help to keep our outdoor education experiences affordable to schools and youth organizations.

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