Located at the Adventure Center of Asheville just five minutes from downtown Asheville, Asheville Treetops Adventure is the first large-scale treetop park in North Carolina. It's like a jungle gym in the trees, with 60 elements from 12 to 45 feet above the forest floor that include climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges - all anchored to more than 30 trees. It promotes family fun, physical fitness, outdoor adventure, active lifestyles, and personal growth and accomplishment. The park has elements for all ages (beginning at age 4), strengths, and adventure levels. It's part of the Asheville Adventure Center and next to Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures.
Treetop adventure parks are the newest imported outdoor craze to hit the country. Unlike a zipline canopy tour where you travel with a group, you choose the trails (five options) that you feel comfortable with and move around the park individually, at your own pace. Asheville Treetops Adventure Park uses new technology called “smart belays” that are designed to assure you are attached to safety systems at all times and cannot detach from the system until you have completed the aerial trail and are back on the ground. Explore freely while knowing the safety system monitors your attachments and is designed to not allow accidental unclipping from the safety points.
The park has five trails to choose from, each with 10 to 15 different challenges to complete the circuit. Age restrictions apply to each trail.
- Green (easy): One trail, 12 to 15 feet above the forest floor for first-timers and more timid adventurers. No climbing needed once on the start platform; milder and more stable crossings attached to the lower trunks of the trees with minimal movement, with an easy finish back to the ground.
- Blue (easy): A step up from the green trail but still available to youngest climbers and finishes with a zipline.
- Yellow Ladder (intermediate): You will understand why this trail is called the “ladder” when you leave the starting platform and climb some 25 feet above the ground. From there you "hike" your way through some increasingly challenging bridges and cable walks. Reap the rewards of your efforts with a flight on the hanglider adventure zipline before challenging the toughest element, the giant cargo web crossing.
- Orange Cargo (intermediate): With heights up to 30 feet above the forest floor with several climbing challenges and increased exposure to moving elements, this trail includes some awesome obstacles based on Asheville sports and fun such as a treetop sliding board and a skyak (a kayak zipline).
- Red (advanced): Quickly reach heights up to 45 feet above the forest floor as you tackle the first obstacle, “The Stair Rope to Heaven”. Prepare for adventure, personal challenge, and lots of exposure with trees swaying and structures moving as you traverse the highest and most physically and mentally challenging activities in the park. Includes a treetop climbing wall and the “Big Air” snowboard zip, with a big rappel back to the ground.
What to wear? You will be provided with gear and a helmet in the same manner as a zipline canopy tour. Secure, closed-toe shoes are required. Collared shirts are recommended as well as modest shorts. Do not wear dangling jewelry or items that could snag or fall off while participating.
Directions: Located at The Adventure Center of Asheville in West Asheville off of Patton Avenue behind Regent Park (across the French Broad River from downtown). From the East or Downtown Asheville: Take I-240 West until you cross the French Broad River. Take Exit 3A straight onto Hwy 19/23 also known as Patton Avenue. Turn right at second light (Denny's) onto Regent Park Drive. Turn left at end of road at sign for Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville Adenture Center is at the top of the hill on your left. Be sure to use Regent Park Blvd, not Hansel Ave when approaching the Adventure Center.
From the West (I-26, I-40, I-240): Take I-240 East to Exit 3A (left hand exit ramp). Turn right at second light (at Denny's) onto Regent Park Drive. Turn left at end of road at sign for Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures is at the top of the hill on your left. Be sure to use Regent Park Blvd, not Hansel Ave when approaching the Adventure Center.
After your adventure high in the trees, try out their very unique adventure that combines tree climbing and rock climbing by attaching rock climbing holds to the trees. Choose from four short "bouldering" climbs, only 6-8 feet high, or five full climbs, up to 35 feet high. Read more Adventure Center of Asheville.
Reservations are required. Click here to visit their Web site and make reservations.