What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Go Ape course offers treetop views, high-flying fun

Posted May 19, 2015

— There is something relaxing about standing among the treetops at Blue Jay Point County Park in north Raleigh.

The breeze, the birds chirping....the 500-foot zip line!

Go Ape treetop course opened in late March at the park, which sits along the shore of Falls Lake.

Designed for those ages 10 years and older, the course offers five stations of zip lines, swings, ropes ladders and bridges.

Go Ape, which is based in Maryland, has eight similar attractions across the country. This is its first in North Carolina.

The Blue Jay Point Park location has some great views and challenges. While many zip line courses offer instructor-guided tours, Go Ape uses the first two stations to train you to tackle the remainder of the course alone.

Site manager Chip Schlegel says safety briefings are at least 30 minutes long. Guests are constantly reminded to "always stay attached," a reference to the clips on their harnesses always staying attached to the course.

If someone isn't able to grasp the skills needed to do the course, Schlegel said, they are not allowed to continue on their own. Surprisingly, Schlegel said the average couch potato can do the course.

It takes two to three hours to do the course. Highlights include:

  • Five zip lines for a total of 2,590 feet of exhilaration;
  • Two Tarzan swings, a series of rope ladders, bridges, spider’s webs and trapezes
  • 42 obstacles situated 40 feet up in the forest canopy

The Tarzan swings are a little scary. The first one isn't too far, but the second one is pretty big! An alternate route is available for those who want to opt out of the second swing.

It is important to note that you can climb in the rain. The course only shuts down if there is thunder and lightning.

Check out the video above to see my experience at Go Ape.

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  • Sam Adams May 20, 2015
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    Personally I was fairly disappointed when I went to Go Ape. I think the price is very high for what you get. The zip lines are very short compared to others I have done in the past which was a huge disappointment. Overall, its better than nothing, but certainly not worth 57 bucks a person. I honestly wouldn't pay 17 bucks to do the course again.