Zip-lining at Historic Banning Mills

Stay, Play and Eat at Historic Banning Mills

Snake Creek Gorge at Historic Banning Mills
Snake Creek Gorge at Historic Banning Mills

Historic Banning Mills is home to Screaming Eagle, the world’s best and largest zip line, according to Guinness. It’s tucked along Snake Creek Gorge, with plenty for the entire family.

Rooms, cottages and tree houses

Historic Banning Mills includes overnight accommodations for every budget. Economy rooms and Inn Side Cottages are the most affordable option. With a family, you’ll want to try a Cabin or Creekside Room, or the Full Size Cabin. We stayed in the Full Size Cabin on our visit, which included three bedrooms (four beds), two full bathrooms and a full kitchen. For something unique, try the new Tree House Rooms high above the ground.

A million ways to play

OK. Maybe not a million, but there is more to do than you can accomplish on one visit! You don’t want to miss zip lining, of course! There is even a great zip lining option for kids 4 years old and older called Crazy Squirrel Village. It was one of our favorite parts of the trip!

The kids will also love swimming in the (seasonal) pool, playing mini-golf or hiking over the suspension bridge. Our family really enjoyed hiking along Snake River, seeing the historic mill ruins and splashing in the water. Enjoy regular birds-of-prey shows, horseback riding or kayaking.

Dining at the resort

All overnight guests who stay on the Inn side of Historic Banning Mills will receive a full country breakfast each morning of their stay. Country breakfasts include fresh fruit, coffee, juice and tea. They also serve hickory-smoked bacon, ham or sausage, homemade biscuits and eggs. Yogurt and cereal are available, as well.

There is not a walk-in restaurant on the grounds, so be sure to order a picnic-style lunch from the Inn before your stay. For dinner, you can “tag on” to a group dinner buffet if you inquire about it ahead of time. We enjoyed delicious BBQ chicken from the on-site chef. If you are looking for a sit-down restaurant, take a short trip to Carrollton. Plates on the Square was especially delicious, great with kids and very charming.

See more photos and read more about our stay at Historic Banning Mills and why it’s a great family retreat, even with young children.



Published: September 2015