Level one of zip line course at Lake Guntersville State Park to open in early May

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- In early May, level one of the zip line course at Lake Guntersville State Park is expected to open, and that new component is just one of several projects the park has in the works.

After some delay, construction on the zip line course at Lake Guntersville State Park is well underway. "There's going to be two levels," Park Superintendent Michael Jeffreys says, "We're looking at level number one being open sometime in the beginning of May. We haven't established the exact date, depending on construction and where they're at with it."

Level two will follow at a later date. "There's also going to be, later to come, a free-standing aerial ropes adventure course for team building and for people to enjoy," said Jeffreys.

Level one of the zip line course will consist of eight to ten different zip lines. "They will be interconnected and there will be platforms in trees," Jeffreys explains.

Level two will have a line that is 2,000 feet long. The course will add another aspect to what is already there at the park. "It will be adjacent to our Lodge, so we'll be looking at adding some packages and some specials," Jeffreys says, "You can come in, ride the zip line, play golf, stay with us, hike the trails, pretty much do many different components that will make it a good time for the whole family."

The rates for the zip line course will be announced closer to its opening.

This much-anticipated course is just one of the major projects the park has in the works. "We've still got more trails to put in. We've got a multi-use trail that is going to be connecting the Lodge to the overlook that will be ADA accessible. We've recently gotten a grant to put in a splash pad, and a dog park in our campground," Jeffreys says.

This week, the park has several activities for families to enjoy -- all free -- for spring break. "Guided hikes, and our naturalists, and our nature program has really expanded, and we've got many things to offer," Jeffreys says.

Other free spring break activities this week include a wildflower walk, a birds of prey program, a sunset/night hike, and movie nights.

Overall, in the last year the park has seen an increase in visitors and guests, which is something park officials say is key in helping to keep the capital projects moving and the park going forward. "We've got many components of the park going forward just to make it an all around family destination," Jeffreys says.

For a full list of spring break activities at Lake Guntersville State Park, click here.