The TreeTop Adventure at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. is a combination of a challenging ropes course and moderate zip lines. The combination is a whole lot of fun, especially for tweens and teens.
TreeTop Adventure Zip Lines
The entire TreeTop Adventure course takes about 60 – 90 minutes to complete. Included in the adventure are a total of five zip-lines that range from 44 to 210 feet long. If you’ve zip-lined before, you’ll sail through this portion of the course, if not, taking that first step is a bit tricky, but well worth it in the end.
TreeTop Adventure Ropes Course
At it’s highest point, TreeTop Adventure is 30 feet above the forest floor. In addition to the zips, there are 19 different sections comprised of ladders, wires, logs, discs, netting and other suspended materials, which all seem to sway and move as you walk over them, especially the farther into the course you go. Guides offer assistance from the forest floor, they do not accompany you along the adventure. It’s actually one of the nice things about the course. Participants can go at their own pace without having to wait for the group. Tethering and safety measures are reviewed at the beginning of the course, but participants are entrusted with moving their own carabineer clips throughout the adventure.
My oldest started off a bit cocky, leaning out tethered to the safety rope at the beginning. As we moved on, his attention turned to how to keep obstacles from moving so he could get across easier. We were in front of a group of teenage girlfriends. At the beginning they were quite silly. After they started it was screeches and “I can’t do this,” but as we continued, the girls calmed down and started encouraging each other, offering tips for how to overcome obstacles and one girl’s obvious fear of heights. It was fun to listen to their encouragement and sense of accomplishment at completed sections.
TreeTop Adventure and Young Children
TreeTop Adventure is an especially fun family outing for groups with older children. Officially you must be at least 54 inches tall to participate, but I’d recommend a bit taller. My almost 8-year-old is 54 inches exactly but failed the ground school test that is essential for going out on the course. If you fail ground school you can get your money refunded, however, once you step onto the course, there are no refunds, so take a look at the pictures and determine if you think your child can really make it.
Although he was quite disappointed on the front end, I was glad my youngest didn’t join us. He’s an enthusiastic adventurer, having caved and hang glided, but I’m not sure he would have been able to master the ropes course at TreeTop Adventure. Some of the obstacles are quite far apart, especially for short legs. In addition, there is no breaking mechanism on the zip line. Participants must break themselves using their gloved hand. It’s not difficult once you get used to it, but his arms were a few inches too short to really get a good hand on the line. Even in ground school, his arm was jerking back. Had he done the course zips the same way he could have crashed or even dislocated his shoulder. The course is completely safe, but this is adventure travel, so be smart about your child’s abilities. All that said, my husband rode bikes with him to the Butterfly Center and he had a butterfly land on him – all was good.
TreeTop Adventure restrictions
- Participants must be 54 inches or taller.
- Harness holds up to 260 pounds. Maximum waist size is 48 inches. Maximum thigh size is 26 inches.
- Closed-toe, secure footwear is required — no sandals, flip-flops, Crocs, etc.
- We will do everything possible to honor reserved times, but during peak periods, guests may experience waits of up to 30 minutes.
What: TreeTop Adventure
Where: Callaway Gardens , 17800 U. S. Hwy. 27, Pine Mtn., Ga. 800-225-5292
When: Daily 10 am – 6 pm
Cost: $30 per person (Garden admission is additional) There are discounts for groups of 10 or more. Advanced Reservations are Required
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