Best Aerial Adventure Park (2020)


While ziplines and canopy tours began as a tool for scientific field research, they’ve exploded in popularity as an attraction in their own right – a way to experience the forest canopy in a safe and thrilling environment. 

  • Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park

    Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park
    Branson, Mo.

    Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park brings thrills to the Ozark Mountains in the form of a multi-level treetop ropes course, zipline canopy tour or the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, Missouri’s highest zipline where riders reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour after a launch from 170 feet above ground.
    Photo courtesy of Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park

  • The Gorge

    The Gorge
    Saluda, N.C.

    The Gorge calls itself the nation’s steepest and fastest zipline canopy tour. This tree-based adventure in North Carolina comprises 11 ziplines spanning well over a mile with a total descent of more than 1,100 vertical feet. The course also includes a sky bridge and three rappels.
    Photo courtesy of The Gorge

  • Kerfoot Canopy Tour

    Kerfoot Canopy Tour
    Henderson, Minn.

    The Kerfoot Canopy Tour in Minnesota offers two different adventures. Thrill seekers can opt for a Zipline Canopy Tour with 14 ziplines stretching for over a mile through the Minnesota River Valley, while those looking for a challenge can conquer the 45 unique obstacles (some 50 feet above the ground) at the Adventure Park.
    Photo courtesy of Kerfoot Canopy Tour


    Greensboro, N.C.

    This treetop adventure park in Greensboro, North Carolina takes inspiration from the neighboring Greensboro Science Center’s zoo. Visitors can tackle 60 challenges and three intensity levels.
    Photo courtesy of SKYWILD

  • Alpine Adventures

    Alpine Adventures
    Lincoln, N.H.

    Visitors will find no shortage of aerial adventure at Alpine Adventures in New Hampshire. The Thrillsville Aerial Park features a self-guided obstacle course of bridges, rope ladders, cargo nets, and a climbing tower, while the Tree Top Canopy Tour comprises six ziplines ranging in length from 250 to 1,000 feet. The Super SkyRider Tour turns up the thrills with seven ziplines.
    Photo courtesy of Alpine Adventures

  • Ramblewild

    Lanesborough, Mass.

    The Tree-to-Tree Adventure Park at Ramblewild encompasses more than 10 acres of pristine New England forest divided by a ravine. A central platform serves as the starting point for eight aerial obstacle courses with features like high wires, ziplines, balancing logs, cargo nets, rope ladders and suspension bridges.
    Photo courtesy of Ramblewild

  • Canopy Ridge Farm

    Canopy Ridge Farm
    Lake Lure, N.C.

    This 60-acre adventure park in North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge takes visitors into the canopy for a zipline adventure through the hardwood forest. The course includes six separate ziplines, allowing visitors to reach speeds of 35 miles per hour and heights of 100 feet.
    Photo courtesy of Canopy Ridge Farm

  • Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures

    Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures
    Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    At Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures, 49 unique obstacles await visitors in the canopy of life oak trees. Guests can choose between seven trails and three difficulty levels to explore the park via suspension bridges, ziplines, catwalks, nets and rope bridges.
    Photo courtesy of Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures

  • ArborTrek Canopy Adventures

    ArborTrek Canopy Adventures
    Jeffersonville, Vt.

    Located in Smugglers Notch in Vermont, ArborTrek Canopy Adventures takes visitors on guided zipline tours through the canopies of Northern Vermont throughout the year (even in the snow). The Treetop Obstacle Course features more than 85 elements where visitors can climb, swing, jump, zip and balance their way from tree to tree.
    Photo courtesy of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures

  • Tree Frog Canopy Tours

    Tree Frog Canopy Tours
    Glenmont, Ohio

    Tree Frog Canopy Tours is Northern Ohio’s only dual cable zipline canopy tour, allowing guests to experience the natural beauty of Mohican Country from above. The course features more than 4,000 feet of zipline cable, with seven ziplines, two sky bridges and two rappels.
    Photo courtesy of Tree Frog Canopy Tours


The top 10 winners in the category Best Aerial Adventure Park are as follows:

  1. Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park - Branson, Mo.
  2. The Gorge - Saluda, N.C.
  3. Kerfoot Canopy Tour - Henderson, Minn.
  4. SKYWILD - Greensboro, N.C.
  5. Alpine Adventures - Lincoln, N.H.
  6. Ramblewild - Lanesborough, Mass.
  7. Canopy Ridge Farm - Lake Lure, N.C.
  8. Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures - Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  9. ArborTrek Canopy Adventures - Jeffersonville, Vt.
  10. Tree Frog Canopy Tours - Glenmont, Ohio

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning parks!

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