TimberTrek Adventure Park
Challenging and exciting!
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Since we opened TreeTops Canopy Tour and Gravity New River Gorge Zip Lines, we've helped tens of thousands of happy West Virginia vacationers get their fill of adventure. Well, get ready, because in 2012 we’re unveiling our newest gem: TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park!
TimberTrek is the most swashbuckling, Errol-Flynnish activity the demented forest geniuses could come up with. This system of challenging obstacles, bridges, swings and zip lines between tree platforms uses over two miles of steel cable, and countless boardfeet of lumber comprise 5 courses of varying difficulty levels from tame to insane. That means you can choose your own adventure level and gradually work your way through the forest like a tree ninja. Each is constructed to challenge, inspire and delight participants at heights as high as 50 feet above the forest floor.
This activity is great for guests as young as 7 years old, so look out Sheriff of Nottingham. Watch your backs Ewoks, there's a new kid in town: TimberTrek!
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by length of program.
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TimberTrek is divided into 5 separate courses. Start off with the yellow course, which even out most adventurous guests will love. Move into either of our two green courses for step up in difficulty and height, and then test your mettle on the blue, which includes the terrifying Tarzan Swing. If you have any juice left after that, try your best on the black course, which comes out swinging for the fences right off the platform!
What’s an Adventure Park?
Covering 4 wooded acres at Adventures On the Gorge, TimberTrek is an aerial forest ropes course consisting of more than 60 platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope to form bridges, swings and zip lines. Groups of bridges link together to form separate courses. Although each course has at least one zip line on it, you’ll need to climb to get to them—there’s much more fun than just zip lining to be had! There are 5 courses in total for ages 7—adult.
TimberTrek is all about active participation—there are no motorized rides in the park. The courses are designed for everyone to enjoy, and assigned the difficulty rating of Yellow, Green, Blue and Black similar to ski trails. As one progresses through the difficulty levels, the bridges become less stable under your feet, requiring more balance, agility, focus and arm strength. Each course is self-guided, allowing you to move at your own pace.
As the courses become more difficult, they also get higher off the ground. The highest platform is 50 above the forest floor.
We have staff positioned throughout the course to answer questions and provide assistance.
How does the trip work?
Trips are available by reservation or walk-up. You’ll get rigged up and will receive a safety briefing to learn how to use your equipment. Then it’s off to the trees. During your time, you can do as many courses, as many times as you like. You are able to take breaks in between, but if your time expires you will not be able to start another course.
How long does the trip take?
Most trips are 3-3.5 hours long, however, shorter trips may be available.
What are the restrictions on TimberTrek participation?
- You must be at least 7 years old with sound body and mind capable of performing specific safety tasks independently.
- There are supervision restrictions on all courses for participants under 14 years old. (See chart below.)
- The maximum weight allowed on TimberTrek is 265lbs/person.
- You must be able to fit in our harnesses.
- If you are pregnant or have certain disabilities that hinder you from being able to traverse the course, you will not be permitted to participate.
- You must be able to read and understand all instructions in English.
There are also some age restrictions:
- Ages 7-9 can do yellow with an adult supervising from the ground and green with an adult accompanying on the course (1 adult per 2 children max).
- Ages 10-11 can do yellow and green with an adult supervising from the ground and blue with an adult accompanying on the course (1 adult per 2 children max).
- Ages 12-13 can do yellow, green and blue with an adult supervising from the ground and black with an adult accompanying on the course (1 adult per 2 children max).
- Ages 14 and up can use any course unsupervised.
What are the Park Rules?
TimberTrek rules must be followed at all times to insure your safety. You will get specific training in using all safety equipment and permanently installed components of the park. Management reserves the right to ask anyone in breach of these rules to leave the Adventure Park.
- You must wear a ticket at all times while on the course.
- No sandals or flip-flops. Wear closed toed shoes, such as sneakers.
- Never be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Use all equipment safely and as directed.
- Wear a properly adjusted harness at all times while on the course.
- Always have at least one carabiner attached to a marked attachment point.
- Start with a yellow or green course before attempting blue. You must also attempt a blue course before trying black.
- Never use an element when another person is on it—one person at a time.
- Never have more than 3 people on a platform.
- Never switch from your current course to another.
- Do not carry phones or any other objects that could fall or distract you or others.
- Do not use any ropes course with loose hair, clothing, or objects that can get caught in ropes or zip lines.
- Do not smoke in the park or while wearing a harness.
- If you remove your harness, a staff member must check it before returning to the course.
- Carry out all objects that you bring into the park, including trash.
- When in doubt, ask the staff for assistance.
- Obey all instructions given by the staff.
What kind of physical shape do I need to be in?
The better shape you are in, the more courses you will be able to complete. The elements on our courses require some lower body strength and an increasing amount of upper body strength as you progress to the more difficult courses. There are elements with moving footholds, swings, ladders and crawling sections. Certain physical limitations such as the inability to reach overhead or to duck under cables will make the courses unrunnable.
What should I wear?
TimberTrek provides each participant with a harness, helmet and gloves. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and is appropriate for the day’s weather. Either shorts or pants are required (no skirts or dresses). You may bring your own gloves but they must have leather palms.
Are spectators welcome?
Tickets are only required for guests who are climbing. TimberTrek is located within view of Buffler’s BBQ Grill, Rendezvous Lodge and the general Mill Creek campus, and a trail system extends underneath the course, so it's actually perfect for spectating. We do ask everyone to stay on the designated trails but there are plenty of photo opportunities from below.
When does TimberTrek operate?
TimberTrek will be open April 1st through Thanksgiving weekend. Reservations are highly recommended and minimum group sizes may apply. Our hours of operation vary by season but generally begin at 8am.
Does the park operate in bad weather?
TimberTrek will operate rain or shine unless there is lightning, high winds or ice. In the event of a storm the park will close temporarily and reopen once the weather allows. Time spent on the ground due to inclement weather will not count against your purchase.
Are reservations necessary?
We require reservations in April, May, October and November and recommend them throughout our peak season. We can only accommodate a certain number of guests each day during the season.
How large of a group can TimberTrek accommodate?
TimberTrek can accommodate groups up to 40, but if your group is larger special arrangements can be made.
How is TimberTrek different from TreeTops and Gravity?
Both TreeTops and Gravity are guided tours with zip lines, bridges and hikes. On both of these tours, participants are always with at least 2 guides—one leading and one following. The guides handle all clipping-in of guests. Gravity Zipline and TreeTops Canopy Tour cover more distance than TimberTrek. TimberTrek is self guided, which means you do your own clipping, move at your own pace and try as many courses as you want as many times as you want while your ticket is valid. TimberTrek’s components are more varied on each course than Gravity or TreeTops. TimberTrek is also more physically demanding than TreeTops or Gravity because of the various obstacles throughout the courses.