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Travel South Planner 2017

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2 0 1 7 T R A V E L S O U T H T O U R P L A N N E R 68 in the area that offer great outdoor programs. At One World Adven- ture, people can participate in wilderness survival training, be- ginner backpacking classes and even a plant discovery program that involves preparing a food dish with wild ingredients. Meanwhile, thrill-seekers often gravitate toward True Ad- venture Sports. With the help of an instructor, people of all ages and skill levels can experience rappelling, rock climbing, canoe- ing, kayaking, caving, zip lining, hiking or backpacking. One key attraction is the sky swing, which carries brave individuals 80 feet through the trees before fl inging them 40 to 45 feet into the air. Groups meet at the main of- fi ce to check in before following the guide to the location of the ac- tivity. Some people may feel un- certain or nervous, but the guide is prepared to provide as much instruction as needed. "Our guides are all trained, so they can spend that extra one-on- one time with you to make sure everyone is able to participate," said Israel Partridge, a staff mem- ber at True Adventure Sports. For school groups, tours can be customized to the needs and interests of the class, with focuses on geological formations, plant species and more. Likewise, if a group has a limited amount of time, guides may be able to adjust the timeframe of the activity. WWW.ALAPARK.COM WWW.TRUEADVENTURE SPORTS.COM Beyond the bustle of city at- tractions, many groups visiting the South take advantage of the surrounding scenery through a guided outdoor excursion or program. These activities range from educational classes to high- adventure fun. Visitors can ex- plore waterfalls, hone their pho- tography skills and see marine life up close. Next time your group travels South, be sure to check out one of these special outdoor experi- ences. DESO T O S TATE PARK Fort Payne, Alabama Located on Arkansas' Look- out Mountain, DeSoto State Park features waterfalls, spectacular rapids, granite cliffs and 25 miles of hiking and mountain biking. The rock-climbing and rappelling sites in the area are some of the fi nest in the country, with sweep- ing views of the river below. There are several companies THE BEST WAY TO EXPLORE THE NATURAL WONDERS of the South is with an expert guide by your side. Cour tesy Tr ue Adventure Spor ts GUIDED CLIMBING AT DESOTO STATE PARK.

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