Zip line opens at West Virginia state park


PIPESTEM, W.Va. (AP) - A zip line course has opened at a southern West Virginia state park.

The new attraction opened last week at Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County.

The state Department of Commerce says in a news release the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) tour lets riders move at speeds up to 50 mph (80 kph) above the Bluestone National Scenic River. At the end of the tour, riders return on the park's tram.

ACE Adventure Resort operates the zip line, which is part of $11 million in park renovations. Pipestem is also undergoing improvements to its cabins, lodge, campgrounds, water treatment facility and tram.

The project is being funded by state bonds approved last year by the Legislature.