Go Ape Zip Lines and Treetop Adventure: Washington DC

Woman riding zip line

 Kathy Wilmot/On Tap Magazine

Go Ape, a treetop forest adventure company, has opened its first location in the U.S. at Rock Creek Regional Park's Lake Needwood in Rockville, MD. Spanning a length of more than seven football fields and with obstacles 40 feet above the ground, the Go Ape course features a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes among the treetops.

The Go Ape in Rockville, MD was the first in the United States. There are currently 16 courses across the country in VA, CT, DE, IL, IN, KT, MS, MO, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, and TX. The company is continuing to expand.

In order to participate, you must be at least 10 years old and 4 feet, 7 inches tall. An instructor provides a 30-minute training session and then you are off to swing through the trees at your own pace. There are 5 sections and the course takes 2-3 hours.

Lake Needwood is Located at 6129 Needwood Drive, Rockville, Maryland, approximately 18 miles northwest of Washington DC.

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Zipliners being instructed
Rachel Cooper

The Go Ape instructor shows you how to set up your safety lines and lets the group practice. You then proceed through some easy obstacles while the instructor watches to make sure that you are comfortable.

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Bridges and Obstacles

Treetop adventure course
Rachel Cooper

The Go Ape Treetop Adventure at Rock Creek Regional Park features a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes among the treetops. The platforms are designed to expand with tree growth and not harm the trees in any way. As you move from one section to the next, the course gets more challenging and you become more confident in your skills.

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Climbing and Heights

Treetop adventure course
Rachel Cooper

Go Ape obstacles are 40 feet above the ground. If you are afraid of heights, this will be a challenge.Some climbing is involved so you should be in good physical condition to participate.

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Zip Lines

Person riding a zipline
Rachel Cooper

Go Ape features 5 zip lines, 2 Tarzan swings, and 34 obstacles. It is a fun adventure ideal for birthday parties, corporate team building, date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, scout events, and anyone that enjoys outdoor adventures.

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