With a name like ‘Go Ape’ and a tag line “live life adventurously,” get ready to jump out of your comfort zone and have some wild fun! Go Ape Zip-Line & Treetop Adventure Course is an outdoor adventure course located in Blue Jay Park in North Raleigh. Blue Jay Park is located just east of Wake Forest off of Highway 98. It is right in our backyard, only 15 minutes away. You can explore Blue Jay Park from the treetops while navigating through the course on zip lines, obstacles and Tarzan swings.
More than just a canopy tour, the course is made up of numerous rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings that include the Log Swing, Spider’s Web, Double Stirrups, Apple Picker’s Ladder, 2 Tarzan swings and 5 zip lines. Wow, what an adventure! Overall, there are 5 individual sections within the course, each section taking you higher up into the forest canopy and finishing with a zip line longer and with more expansive views of the park!
The course was developed through a partnership with Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space and Go Ape. Go Ape leases the land from the county which will help drive revenue, visitors and future improvements to the park. Go Ape opened in March of 2016 which makes it a new addition to the Wake Forest community. Go Ape paid for the construction of the course and will share revenue from ticket sales to Wake County parks. It is great to know that if you buy a ticket to the course, a portion of your money is going back into the park system! The company estimates that 70 percent to 90 percent of its guests will be new visitors to Blue Jay Point. Parks that partner with Go Ape typically see as much as a 25 percent increase in visitors once a course opens, according to the company.
The course has been well received and the reviews are outstanding! Participants rave about the safety training provided and the opportunity to climb, soar and swing all on one course. One local review on the company website reads, “The well maintained equipment and facility combined with excellent customer service made the entire experience great. Really loved the layout and the good mix of crossings of varying difficulty.” In fact, all the reviews were positive and raved about the outstanding customer service of the guides.
There are some restrictions on who can climb into the treetops. The Go Ape course does require a certain level of physical fitness; if you can climb up a rope ladder you should be fine. To ensure a safe experience, there are some participant restrictions: minimum age is 10 years old with a required minimum height of 55”. The maximum weight restriction is 285 lbs. Other restrictions apply so be sure to take a look at their website before you go. Pricing, reservations and FAQ are available on the website https://goape.com/zip-line/blue-jay-point-raleigh-nc. The course caters to both small groups and individuals, along with corporate team building, youth groups and more.
If you make plans to take an adventure on Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, plan to make a full day of your outing. Blue Jay Point County Park provides an opportunity to spend an entire day enjoying the amenities. Blue Jay Point County Park is a 236-acre park located on the shores of Falls Lake in northern Wake County. Blue Jay Point County Park not only offers recreational opportunities but they also offer environmental education programming. The park features roughly three acres dedicated to open play fields, two massive kids’ playgrounds, an environmental education center and an overnight lodge. Be sure to check out the park’s five miles of trails, including the Azalea Loop Trail with educational signage or the Falls Lake Trail which runs along the water and connects with North Carolina’s Falls Lake Trail to extend the hiking opportunities beyond the boundaries of Blue Jay Point. Kids love climbing around the shore of Falls Lake and you’ll see lots of teenagers taking selfies with the shimmering lake as their backdrop. Fishing is permitted too. There are also several picnic areas throughout the park available on a first come, first serve basis.
Be sure to check it out! What a great addition to the Wake Forest area. We have reservations to go with a small group in June. For those that want to stay on the ground, they are welcome to view the course activity according to the company. There are trails below the course that viewers are welcome use and to watch their friends and family swing through the trees. It will be a great way to kick-off summer with our family and friends. We’ll be packing a picnic lunch and making a day of it!