When it opened in spring 2008, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours changed the way we experienced southeastern Ohio. The Rockbridge zipline operation became the face of the region's wild side and put its high-adventure bug into high gear.

When it opened in spring 2008, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours changed the way we experienced southeastern Ohio. The Rockbridge zipline operation became the face of the region's wild side and put its high-adventure bug into high gear.

You 've always been able to camp, canoe, hike and picnic in Ohio 's most picturesque area. Today, you can take canopy tours , ride ATVs and enjoy arborist tree-climbing .

This is no longer your grandfather's Hocking Hills , and the region's first zip company w as a big reason why.

They ushered in an even more intense era last weekend with the opening of the SuperZip. It's an exhilarating summary of the three-hour canopy tour that's drawn adventurers from across the country during the past two - and - a - half seasons .

" Higher, faster, longer - that's what everybody wanted, so that's what we gave them," said company partner Julieann Eckel, who showed me the ropes Tuesday .

The three-hour tour has 10 zips , five sky bridges and a nature walk , whereas the SuperZip is a single shot from a walk-up tower. It packs the ultimate punch in length (a quarter-mile), height ( starting from 77 feet) and speed (up to 50 mph).

Trips run on side-by-side lines 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through November. No reservations are required. It cost s $30 for the first zip , $20 for each additional trip.

So why should you travel from Columbus for a 45-second ride?

Because it's totally awesome. It might seem a bit pricey , but there' s nothing else like it in the state.

On your first trip, you're strapped into a waist harness and sent off in a seated position, flying through a tiny hole in the tree line and over the Hocking River. That 's pretty good.

After ward, though, you can ride face - first in the "superhero" style . Held tight by safety clamps, you're lowered into a push-up position on top of the tower. Then you're launched - cable whir ring, wind whistling in your helmet - onto the cover of a comic book.

Your reflection over the water look s exactly like Iron Man . As you speed along, feeling weightless and free, y ou'll feel a lot like him, too.

For more adventures in the Hocking Hills, click to the Ohio Adventure Map at columbusalive.com/venture.