As a division of Wildwater, Ltd., with 45+ years of leadership and expertise, Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours and The Adventure Center of Asheville benefits from that 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 a great basis for this 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 and treetop adventure parks. 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 with a total of 5 zipline canopy tour locations and a treetops adventure park.The same dedication to the Guest experience and quality service ethic that defined Wildwater has carried over to the new tree based activities. As a family, with families, serving families… the Greiners and their dedicated team of River Guides, Canopy Rangers, and Park Rangers all seek to assure ever Guest’s experience is designed to provide “The Best Day Ever!”
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 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 since then as a zipline ranger and trainer, team building facilitator, and currently as a 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 Stevens is originally from Georgia where she grew up regularly camping with her family and spending free time outside. She graduated from Young Harris College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Education. Throughout college, Callie worked at Elachee Nature Center’s science camp. After graduation she returned to work with the camp as a Naturalist, but eventually realized that she missed the adventure side of the outdoor education field.
Callie moved to the mountains of North Carolina to work at Kanuga Conference Center. During the school year she taught at Mountain Trail Outdoor School and in the summer worked with the conference center leading high adventure activities. Then she joined the Adventure Center of Asheville as part of the Ranger Team and as a team building facilitator. She loves being able to provide a variety of adventure experiences for guest while teaching about the natural world around us.
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 of ten or more people on at least one of our six activities in Asheville and for those who want a “wilderness” adventure at the Wildwater, Ltd. Pigeon and Nantahala River locations.
Groups include homeschool, scout, school and church groups, corporate groups, 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 dog enjoying all the wonderful activities, culture, entertainment and “foodtopian” options in Western North Carolina.
Sarah can be reached at email@example.com or 828.450.3400.
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