High ropes courses are not only known for their unique ways of challenging thrill-seekers and climbing enthusiasts, but also for the way they utilize wood products in their obstacle installations. From suspended balance logs to soaring piling platforms, ropes courses continuously push the limit for park engineers and participants alike. Down below are 10 of the top, most unique high ropes courses in the world!
One of the few log hotels still operating in North America, the Old Faithful Inn is the largest log hotel in the world. The Old Faithful Inn was built to replace the Upper Geyser Basin Hotel when it burned down. The inn is famous for its multi-story lobby and a great view of the Old Faithful Geyser.
City: Herneacova, Romania
Built to be have a 250 year lifespan, this heavy timber structure is one of the largest net positive energy buildings in the world. The building being equipped with solar panels, rainwater-to-potable water, and its own compost sewage has made it a certified living building. The Bullitt Center is home to the Bullitt Foundation, the University of Washington, Sonos, and more.
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Upon its debut, OnTree Park became Nova Scotia’s first high ropes course, climbing, and zip-lining park and Canada's largest high ropes course and adventure park. The park was designed and built based on German ingenuity and standards. The massive park offers 14 adult courses, 2 children courses, 2 training courses, 145 platforms, over 130 obstacle challenges, 45 zip-lines, a 45 foot base jump, and more!
City: Nova Scotia, Canada
Soaring above the ground at over 80 plus feet, Area 47 is the tallest high ropes course in all of Austria. In addition to its sprawling high ropes course attractions, Area 47 also offers white water rafting, rock climbing, and a mega swing. Tyrol, Austria is home to Area 47.
City: Tyrol, Austria
When it comes to high ropes courses in the UK, there’s no match in comparison to Get Wet’s High not Dry challenge courses. High not Dry is the highest continuous ropes course in North Wales. Soaring over 60 feet high, participants can expect to encounter varying high ropes course obstacles, zip-lining, and gorgeous, mature Douglas Firs that adorn the course.
City: Wales, UK
Named after Emmy nominee and Man Vs. Wild star, Bear Grylls, the Bear Grylls Adventure is Europe’s tallest high ropes course in the West Midlands. Designed as a free roam structure, the high ropes course offers 36 obstacles and multiple routes. From simple rope bridges to a challenging rolling log on the course’s top level, the course offers a challenge for experience level. You find the Bear Grylls Adventure at The NEC in Birmingham, UK.
City: Birmingham, UK
Housed in a former limestone quarry, Mega Quest at Louisville Mega Cavern is the world’s first underground high ropes challenge course. The 100-acre mega cavern offers high-ropes courses, 76 challenging elements, and zip-lines. A truly unique experience, the Mega Cavern averages a temperature of 58-60 degrees year-round. Mega Cavern is located here in the United States in Louisville, KY.
City: Louisville, KY.
Touting over 685 total feet of suspended track, Natural Bridge Caverns’ Twisted Trails is a 60-foot high ropes course with seven zip rails. These featured attractions combined make Twisted Trails the world’s largest high ropes course. The high ropes course is structured into four levels, each consisting of traditional elements such as vertical rope ladders, double beams, and lily pads. Each participant is outfitted with a full-body safety harness and sling line to allow full control of which challenges and courses they take as they navigate the ziplines.
City: San Antonio, Texas
At 780 feet above the ground, TheGravityz is not only a thrill-seeker’s paradise, but the highest ropes course challenge in the world! Unlike many high ropes courses, participants are guided through the one hour course by a professional guide. Throughout the course, participants will be guided through six different zip-line and high ropes courses. If you happen to be in the region, be sure to stop into George Town, Malaysia to get an adrenaline rush.
City: George Town, Malaysia
While it may not be the death defying heights of TheGravityz, the Palisades Climb is still record-breaking in its own right. Standing at 85 feet high, the Palisades Climb is the world’s tallest indoor high ropes’ course. The one-of-a-kind indoor challenge course features 75 different elements from vertical rope ladders to two line rope bridges. The Palisades Climb can be found within the Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York.
City: Nyack, New York