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Team Members
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Team Member Training

As a division of Wildwater, Ltd., with 50+ years of leadership and expertise, The Adventure Center of Asheville benefits from long-standing experience and standard-setting leadership in the outdoor adventure industry. Canopy Rangers and Park Rangers participate in an extensive 40+ hours of leadership, service, interpretive, and technical skills training conducted by a combination of our top team trainers and outside experts guided by the standards and directives of the ACCT.

The Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) is the largest and most widely accepted standards and procedures organization for zipline and adventure park construction, operations, and training in the US. In addition to high level rescue and evacuation training, Rangers are guided through detailed scenarios of “soft skills” that will help them assist our valued Guests in creating an educational and supportive environment for growth and success as they challenge their fears or expand their comfort zones. Rangers develop a clear understanding of both supporting and encouraging success. These soft skills are what set us apart as an experience vs. just an adrenaline ride. Our goal as Rangers is to send each guest away with a better sense of themselves and their surroundings. Adventure and fun is our goal.

Wildwater, the original professional adventure outfitter in the SE, opened in 1971. It was founded by the Greiner family who remain the owners and operators of the company today. Three generations of the Greiners now lead and train the best adventure professionals in the industry. Today Wildwater continues to offer whitewater rafting adventures on the top river destinations in the Blue Ridge and Smokies but also lead the way in the southeast in offering tree based adventures such as zipline canopy tours. Second generation family members and respected industry partners developed the first zipline canopy tour in the Nantahala Gorge area of Western NC and then continued to grow.  Jeff Greiner, opened the Adventure Center of Asheville as a sister company to Wildwater.  Wildwater/ACA now have a total of 5 locations in Asheville, NC, on the Pigeon River (NC/TN), on the Nantahala River (NC), on the Ocoee River (TN) and the Chattooga River (SC/GA).

The same dedication to the Guest experience and quality service ethic that defined Wildwater has carried over to all locations and activities. As a family, with families, serving families… the Greiners and their dedicated team of River Guides, Canopy Rangers, Park Rangers, Bike Experts, Camp & Office Staff all seek to assure ever Guest’s experience is designed to provide “The Best Day Ever!”

Jeff Greiner

Owner

Managing owner, Jeff Greiner and his family have grown up in the outdoor adventure industry. In 1971 Jeff’s parents started the first whitewater rafting business (Wildwater, Ltd.) in the Southeast U.S. on the Chattooga River. That small family business has grown into one of the largest and most respected professional outfitters in the United States.

The Greiner’s have been involved in setting industry standards for the outdoor adventure industry for over 50 years including river and forest protection standards for outfitters. The family also helped form the eastern and then national professional outfitters association (America Outdoors Association) created to foster awareness, education, development, and growth management for professional guiding services on public and private lands across the country. Jeff served on the national Board of Directors of AOA for over 10 years.

Growing up on the Chattooga River and learning the family business, Jeff loved sharing the beauty and adventure of the outdoors with Wildwater guests. In 2006, being the President of Wildwater Ltd.’s four locations on the Nantahala, Ocoee, Chattooga, and Pigeon Rivers, Jeff had a dream to bring outdoor adventure to Asheville city limits in 2011. Under Jeff’s direction, ACA has grown from a few ziplines to a family adventure destination with many different activities and with over 250,000 visitors.

Jeff has over 25 years’ experience as a professional ropes, zipline, and aerial adventure guide, trainer, manager, and owner/operator. Jeff has been ACCT certified CCM (Challenge Course Manager) with a special emphasis on zipline operations and management.

Living in Asheville, Jeff and his wife, Sheena, have three children that love hiking, camping, paddling, skiing/boarding, and sharing anything related to the great outdoors.

Chad Clark

General Manager

Chad graduated from Augusta State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After graduating from college he began his career in outdoor recreation and experiential education, working as a challenge course (“ropes course”) leader and facilitator on St. Simons Island, GA.

In 2001 he began working for a challenge course builder, Challenge Design Innovations, as a trainer, builder, and inspector. He spent several years traveling around the country inspecting zip lines and obstacle courses while also training team members to safely operate those courses.

In 2006, Chad became manager and eventually owner of the challenge course in St. Simons. The company, Peak Pursuits Inc. is an adventure-based team-building program provider. In February of 2015, he moved to Asheville to be closer to his family and pursued interests in outdoor recreation.

Chad has worked at ACA as a zipline ranger and trainer, team building facilitator, and currently as  General Manager.

Chad chose ACA as his new home because of the family atmosphere and the wide variety of aerial and team building adventures offered. Asheville has proven to be the perfect place to feed his other passions such as hiking, camping, and bluegrass music.

Callie Murphy

Assistant General Manager

Callie is originally from Georgia where she grew up regularly camping with her family and spending free time outside. Her undergraduate degree is in Outdoor Education from Young Harris College. 

She has worked for over 10 years in a variety of different outdoor fields from being a Naturalist and Camp Director at Elachee Nature Center; a Customer Service Specialist at REI; and a Lead Instructor and Adventure Coordinator at Kanuga Conference Center. 

Earning a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Montreat College, her thesis research was based on recreational tree climbing and the effects of youths’ affinity for nature. 

Callie joined the Adventure Center of Asheville as part of the Ranger Team and a team-building facilitator and now is Assistant General Manager. She loves teaching science and creating fun adventure experiences that connect people to the natural world around them.

Linnea Van Manen

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park Manager

Linnea joined the team as a Treetops Adventure Park Ranger at the beginning of 2020 while finishing their Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Field Biology at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Currently, they manage the Treetops Adventure Park and KidZip course at the Adventure Center of Asheville. 

Linnea came to Asheville from Chapel Hill for undergrad after completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, where they developed a deep appreciation for the value of outdoor recreation as a personal development tool for people of all ages. In addition to environmental studies, Linnea participated in UNCA’s Outdoor Leadership Training Program, where they learned how to lead groups in climbing, kayaking, and backpacking, and how to facilitate team building. They have been working with children in many capacities for over a decade, starting in a nursery and working at camps, schools, and as an ultimate frisbee coach. Linnea believes that teaching people from all walks of life how to safely and respectfully enjoy the outdoors is the best way to move towards a more environmentally friendly society.

They are passionate about agriculture, ecology, social justice, and helping people experience and appreciate the outdoors. On a day off, you can find Linnea rock climbing, hiking, learning a new hobby or craft, or spending time with friends and family.

Lauren Brown

Youth Programs Director

Lauren joined the Adventure Center of Asheville in 2020 in many roles, and now oversees The Spring Break and Summer Adventure Camps, Adventure Afterschool, visiting school groups, and other youth-related programming at ACA.

Lauren is from Virginia, and grew up exploring her backyard and creeks as much as possible. Starting as a Counselor in Training for a Scouts BSA camp in 2008, she has been working at camps for over 12 years, serving as Camp Director for 4 of those years.

After earning her B.S. in Environmental Science from George Mason University and interning for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute for Forest Ecology, Lauren wanted to merge her passion for the natural world with working with youth through outdoor education.

Lauren started as an Instructor at Mountain Trail Outdoor School in North Carolina, eventually serving as the Program Director. There she collaborated with school groups and teachers to develop goals and schedules for their students to ensure a positive outdoor learning experiences. And when she was lucky, still got to teach about the wonderful world around us!

Moving to Western North Carolina has allowed Lauren to enjoy all her favorite things: backpacking, river floating, bluegrass music, and a great sense of community and connection.

 

Sarah Dickson

Group Sales

Sarah joined the Adventure Center of Asheville in 2014 as the group sales coordinator. A native of Asheville, Sarah has worked in the tourism industry with hotels, attractions and as a marketing consultant in WNC for 21 years. Currently, at the Adventure Center of Asheville, Sarah books youth and adult groups in Asheville and for those who want a “wilderness” adventure at the Wildwater, Ltd. Pigeon and Nantahala River locations.

Groups include homeschool, scouts, school and church groups, corporate groups, family reunions, clubs and organizations, sports teams, camps, associations, tour groups and birthday parties. The Adventure Center of Asheville is the perfect place for teambuilding, experiential field trips, picnics or retreats, office outings, and just a great way to get outdoors in a challenging atmosphere. “Since we are locally and family owned and are open all year, we can accommodate almost any group and their “special occasion” with a truly “Asheville” adventure.”

Sarah spends time with her husband, two boys and dogs enjoying all the wonderful activities, culture, entertainment and “foodtopian” options in Western North Carolina.

Sarah can be reached at groups@adventurecenterofasheville.com or 828.450.3400.

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Keith Bayer
Keith Bayer
November 27, 2022.
Absolutely Awesome!!
Len Gabel
Len Gabel
November 13, 2022.
This is a great place if you have never zip lined. The guys made it safe and comfortable and lots of fun. Beware the corny jokes.
Terri Frenia
Terri Frenia
November 4, 2022.
Very nice people, fun time :)
Ceiara Cartony
Ceiara Cartony
October 30, 2022.
Our favorite time of year, 5th yr experiencing The Haunted Trail -- never to disappoint! Thanks for another awesome year!
Adam Graham
Adam Graham
October 25, 2022.
So much fun. Definitely worth a visit. The Zipline guides are hilarious and fun.
Alexis A.
Alexis A.
October 25, 2022.
My son and I went ziplining, we did the short course. Though we were both terrified - it was extremely exhilarating! Brandon and Briggs were awesome instructors, and were also patient with me with each line as I was not able to get the courage to lift my feet to go 😳(I was too scared). Highly recommend visiting!
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The Adventure Center of Asheville is located adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort at 85 Expo Drive in Asheville.

Take Exit 3A off of I-240 | Off Patton Ave behind Regent Park

85 Expo Drive
Asheville, NC 28806

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