Zip NOLA, the region’s first swamp zip line course, opens in LaPlace

If you love Louisiana's swamps and outdoor adventure, there's a new attraction to check out.

If you love Louisiana’s swamps and outdoor adventure, there’s a new attraction to check out. Zip NOLA, the region’s first swamp zip line course, opens at 301 Peavine Road in LaPlace.

It’s a new attraction taking a swamp tour to new heights, about 60 feet above ground to be exact.

Source: Zip NOLA; Drone footage courtesy: Joesph Estrade

Co-founded lifelong outdoor enthusiasts, Tyler Richardson and Barry Gros Jr., Zip NOLA aims to deliver an immersive swamp adventure that doubles as an educational experience.

“Honestly, I spent a lot of time growing up in the swamps,” Richardson said. “I’m telling you I was just riding around in the boat one day, and I was like this would be an awesome experience to see from a zip line. And I couldn’t understand why we didn’t have one, so I created one.”

Now, thrill-seekers can see nature, and even gators, from a bird’s eye view. Knowledgeable local guides will inform guests on the swamp’s unique environment and inhabitants.

Owners say a state-of-the-art safety system supports while you soar, and brace for speeds up to 32 miles per hour above the Maurepas Swamp.

Source: Zip NOLA; Photo courtesy: Joesph Estrade

“We got five zip lines, two suspension bridges and a spiral staircase that we built around the trees,” Richardson said. “For somebody who hasn’t done a zipline, this is a perfect beginner course. It’s not like your traditional hand braking where you actually have to stop yourself. For the most part, it’s fully automated.”

Source: Zip NOLA; Photo courtesy: Joesph Estrade

Zip NOLA’s course is roughly one-half mile long, taking guests an hour and a half to complete. Riders begin the adventure from atop a 60-foot start platform, with complete views of the Maurepas Swamp, Lake Pontchartrain, Frenier and the New Orleans skyline.

“For those looking for thrill, there’s plenty of it. For those looking for education, we have that as well,” Richardson said. “We’ll see alligators, turtles, snakes but from the safety of the treetops. So if you’re scared of it, don’t worry about it.”

Source: Zip NOLA; Photo courtesy: Joesph Estrade

Each tour has two local guides to supervise the course, adhere to safety protocols and educate guests. The facility also features a gift shop, which offers merchandise, souvenirs, snacks and two critter enclosures for baby alligators, turtles and fish.

Tours have a maximum capacity of 12 and all PPE and public spaces are thoroughly sanitized between uses, owners say.

The facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with tours running every 30 minutes. Package options, as well as shuttle services from Downtown New Orleans, are available at the website,  www.zipnola.com.


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