Locals from Pennsylvania and the surrounding states come to the Pocono Mountains for respite from the daily grind. With its towering mountains boasting spectacular views and challenging hiking trails, it’s the perfect sanctuary to reconnect with nature and your inner self. A healthy dose of adventure–activities like skiing, hiking, fishing, and biking are what the Poconos are known for–and a side of relaxation in the calm of the forest make the Poconos the ideal vacation destination.
For those seeking adventurous activities, they’re easy to find. From trails, lakes, mountains, and waterfalls, breathing in the fresh mountain air as you embark on a thrilling adventure is a common theme among Poconos guests. Adventure courses are among the most popular activities and it’s just one of the ways you can be one with nature here in the Poconos.
What is a treetop adventure course?
Imagine doing an obstacle course up to 70 feet off the ground. As you start off on a treetop adventure course, you’ll go from platform to platform completing each obstacle along the way. You might be walking a wire bridge or climbing a cargo net, knowing all the way that you’re securely harnessed into the zipline.
Contrary to other adventure courses, this one completed among the treetops is not about speed. You’re not racing to the finish line, but rather the achievement of completion is what you’re after. Slow and steady is not a bad way to go! A treetop adventure course is not only a physical challenge but a mental one as well. Many aspects of the course require thinking and planning ahead of time as you weigh how you’ll make your next step. It’s a game that both athletes and adventure seekers love.
Where to find the best adventure course in PA?
With over 3,000 feet in its entirety, varying obstacles including elevated bridgeways from one tree platform to the next, logs hanging from ropes to walk across, ladders, a cargo net and a total of 16 different zip lines, the Treetop Adventure Course at Skytop Lodge is one of the best. Those who are seeking adventure and thrill during their vacation to the Poconos should definitely make time for swinging among the trees.
At the Skytop Lodge, visitors will find this Treetop Adventure Course among other unique and resort-exclusive activities. This challenging course meet the needs of any type of traveler, from the first-timers to the experienced adventurers. Complete with 16 different ziplines as well as various obstacles, this 3,000-foot course is a must for your next trip to the Poconos.
When booking your adventure course, you have the option to do a two or four hour course. The four hour gives you the option to cover the entire 3,000-foot course. The half-day option covers half of the course in two hours. Here’s what you need to know:
Ages: Must be over 10 years old and be able to reach 5’11
Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM daily. Advance reservations required. Call 855-345-7759 to book.
Participants must be able to reach with their hands above their head to a height of 5’11” standing flat-footed on the ground and must have a waist size less than 41 inches. All participants must be at least 10 years old, and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Waivers and harnessing must be taken care of before your departure. It is advised to arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation to ensure you leave on time. Be sure to also bring hair ties for longer hair and to wear weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes.
What should I wear?
Depending on the season, athletic or cargo shorts may be acceptable, but we recommend wearing athletic tops and bottoms that you can easily move around in. Long-sleeved shirts are great during the winter season because sleeves can be pushed up as you work up a sweat. Proper footwear is essential. All-terrain boots are the best option. Sneakers and other athletic shoes are great too. Beach sandals are not permitted. If you’re wearing a hat, know that it may fall and you will not be able to retrieve it until after the course is completed.
Where is Skytop Lodge?
Skytop Lodge is located high up in the Poconos, just a short drive from New York City or Philadelphia. There’s a reason you’ll find unique and adventurous activities like this Treetop Adventure Course at Skytop. Since 1928, we have been memory-makers for those who cherish unique traditions. From the moment you arrive at Skytop, you are transported to a more dignified time. Every aspect of your stay is memorable–from the awe-inspiring surroundings as you make your way up the winding road to the Main Lodge, to the welcoming warmth you receive from the attentive staff throughout your stay.
With 5,500 acres to explore, Skytop Lodge is the ultimate playground for your luxury family vacation to the Poconos. From a round of golf on our award-winning course to fun and playful outdoor adventures, everything you need to create your perfect escape is In Our Nature. In addition to the Treetop Adventure Course, you’ll find these other activities.
Depending on the season, some activities may not be available. Hiking trails have limited access in certain winter months. Snow activities are only available in the winter months, while the lake is open exclusively in the summer. Check with the resort ahead of time to plan your stay.
To book your family vacation and Treetop Adventure Course, call us at 855-345-7759 or check availability online.