By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
Ropes courses continue to climb in popularity as great ways for people to get exercise, enjoy time outdoors, and challenge themselves. The structures that have participants walk on wobbly bridges, go through obstacles, and make their way along challenging paths from high above — often coming back down to the ground via zip line — are popular with children and adults. Well-known courses exist nearby in neighboring Loudoun County and Maryland, but now Fairfax County is getting one of its own: Go Ape at South Run Park in Springfield will be Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) first woodland obstacle and zip line course. The course will open on Friday, May 5, 2017.
The course, developed in partnership with the Park Authority, will offer more than 99 suspended obstacles 20 to 40 feet up in the forest canopy. There will be nine thrilling zip lines and a specially designed course for kids. Construction on the course began over the winter and will generate revenue for FCPA (Go Ape, which has 15 other locations nationally, including one in Williamsburg, Virginia, covered construction, maintenance, and operations).
The course offers guests a one- to three-hour trek through the forest canopy and it was designed to accommodate a wide range of skill levels to mix challenge with fun. Go Ape staff provides safety training and monitor and guide visitors from the ground. Costs range from $28 for the Treetop Junior course for adventurers age five and older, to $38 for ages 10 to 15, and $58 for ages 16 and up.
Go Ape and the Park Authority will hold a ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, May 4, at 1 pm, at South Run Park, 7550 Reservation Dr. in Springfield. See details on this press release by FCPA.
Photos provided by Go Ape USA and used with permission