Best Aerial Adventure Park (2022)


Ziplining and canopy tours have exploded in popularity recently as 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 The Shepherd of the Hills

  • The Forge: Lemont Quarries

    The Forge: Lemont Quarries
    Lemont, Illinois

    The Forge: Lemont Quarries offers adventures for all ages in the form of ropes courses, climbing walls, ziplines and hiking and biking trails. The facility features a skills course for mountain biking, boat rentals, tactical laser tag and an AR outdoor escape room.
    Photo courtesy of The Forge: Lemont Quarries

  • Camelback Mountain Adventures

    Camelback Mountain Adventures
    Tannersville, Penn.

    Camelback Mountain Adventures in Pennsylvania is home to the longest zipline in North America, the 4,000-foot Soaring Camel Twin Zip-Flyer. If that’s not reason enough to visit, the park also features aerial obstacle courses for kids and adults, a steel-track rollercoaster and twin 1,000-foot double barrel zip lines.
    Photo courtesy of Camelback Resort

  • Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park

    Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park
    Multiple Locations

    With 15 locations across the United States, Go Ape is all about offering their guests "tree-mendous adventures." Whether you're looking for a one hour introductory experience or want to "Go Ape" with a 2-3 hour aerial adventure, you'll be kept entertained and challenged by their rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tricky crossings, nets, and tricky planks.  
    Photo courtesy of Go Ape


    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 Greensboro Science Center

  • 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

  • Quarry Park Adventures

    Quarry Park Adventures
    Rocklin, California

    The only adventure park in the United States located in a sixty-foot-deep former granite quarry, Pinnacle Peak’s Aerial Adventure northeast of Sacramento boasts more than sixty elements of ropes, bridges, and beams to challenge young people and old of all skill levels. Admission provides access to six distinct aerial adventures from zip lines to rock climbing and rappelling. Guests move at their own pace and can run the course as often as possible to master each element fully. The park also offers summer camps and can accommodate groups and birthday parties.
    Photo courtesy of Quarry Park Adventures

  • Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

    Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
    Rockbridge, Ohio

    The award-winning Hocking Hills Canopy Tours provides adventurers with a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the natural features of Hocking Hills. Visitors have a choice of aerial adventures, ranging from the “Original” Canopy Tour, X-Tour with 11 ziplines, SuperZip (reaching speeds upwards of 50 miles per hour) or the DragonFly for kids. 
    Photo courtesy of Daniel Eckel / Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

  • 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 Adventure Park

  • Soaring Colorado

    Soaring Colorado
    Durango, Colorado

    Soaring Colorado is located on 180 acres of pristine old growth forest along the Animas River near Durango, Colorado, surrounded by a national forest and only accessible by narrow gauge railroad. In 2004 this family-owned operation became the first zip line adventure course in the United States, and it continues to set a high standard in the industry. The park now has 34 platforms and 27 zip lines ranging in length from 56 to 1,400 feet, making it the most extensive course of its kind in the country. You can expect to spend five and a half hours on the zip lines to complete the entire course one time.
    Photo courtesy of Nick Kogos | Visit Durango

  1. Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park - Branson, Missouri
  2. The Forge: Lemont Quarries - Lemont, Illinois
  3. Camelback Mountain Adventures - Tannersville, Pennsylvania
  4. Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park - Multiple Locations
  5. SKYWILD - Greensboro, North Carolina
  6. The Gorge - Saluda, North Carolina
  7. Quarry Park Adventures - Rocklin, California
  8. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours - Rockbridge, Ohio
  9. Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures - Cape Canaveral, Florida
  10. Soaring Colorado - Durango, Colorado

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 aerial adventure parks!

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