There's a new treetop adventure course in town.
TreeRunner Adventure Park opened in north Raleigh earlier this summer. The high ropes climbing course with ziplines is designed for kids as young as age 7 and adults. You'll find more than 70 obstacles spread out across seven different courses, which are designed for beginners to the very advanced - three easy courses, two intermediate and two advanced.
Some of the park's more popular obstacles include a zip line with a big red ball to sit on; a skateboard hung on a rope that you need to propel yourself across on; and a straight drop platform. This is the second TreeRunner Adventure Park in the United States. The original is in Michigan. The Raleigh location is at 12804 Norwood Rd., next to the Jewish Community Center. The park rents land from the center, but is a separate business.
TreeRunners uses a harness and clip system that's widely used in Europe. I'm told that it may take a few attempts to learn how to use it, but people pick it up pretty quickly. Park staff also go through 50 hours of training, so they are ready to climb up to help somebody mid-course.
Ticket prices are $44 for ages 14 and up; $39 for ages 7 to 13; and $34 after 5:30 p.m. Group pricing is available for groups of 7 or more. With your ticket, you get three hours of access to the park, including 30 to 45 minutes of safety training and orientation and then climb time.
TreeRunners also offers some special activities, including Friday and Saturday evening Glow Nights, a team building program and birthday parties. There's no charge for those who come to watch, but not climb.
Park hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. It will be closed for the season from December through February. TreeRunner's website has more information.
Other treetop course in the region include Go Ape in Raleigh, Air Hike at the N.C. Zoo and ZipQuest in Fayetteville. Cary's Challenge Course and Durham's ropes courses are designed, primarily, for groups.