Editor’s Note: Article was updated on May 28,2019 to add a reference to the new amusement park near the zipline.
Ralph Macchio Sr., father of “Karate Kid” actor Ralph Macchio and owner of Wild West Ranch, is hoping to build a zip line attraction from an Adirondack mountaintop to his Wild West Ranch for this summer! Macchio Sr. is proposing a project that will construct a launch platform and tower in Lake George, NY, near the top of French Mountain.
The proposed project will cost about $1.5 million and will take several months to finish. Trees would have to be cleared along the route to carry riders down a vertical drop of 700 feet to his ranch. Riders would be driven on an existing road to the launch platform and would then take the 3,500-foot-long ride to the bottom.
The ride will end inside the Wild West Ranch, located next to Lake George Expedition Park, a family-friendly amusement park. Nearby landowners are concerned about visual and noise impacts from the zip line. State and local agencies are reviewing Macchio’s project.
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