Catamount Aerial Adventure Park

This outdoor spot is not for the faint of heart.  It is meant to challenge you – mind and body.  Everyone knows the formula for an obstacle course.  Lay out a course with a start and end point, then add in some obstacles to make it challenging along the way. At Catamount, the “adventure” comes in the form of multiple obstacle courses spread out in the treetops, with ropes and wooden walkways suspended over the air and tree platforms to hug for dear life in between.  There are courses for all levels, from those afraid of heights to brazen warriors.  To get the most out of this place though, you should not be completely scared of heights.

Photo credit: Laurie Husted

Sadly, I have none of my usual pictures for you, but the above  shows you part of the layout.

So what is this place about?  You are first strapped into a harness and given two ropes with hooks at the ends called caribiners. Then they provide instructions on how to use them so that you don’t become a foolish casualty.  When you do the courses, no staffer is watching to make sure you are hooking and unhooking yourself to and from the proper lines, so you are pretty much on your own.

Each course is marked with a color that indicates its difficulty level.  If you are somewhat scared of heights like me, you will probably get through maybe 3 of the 5 levels.  The easiest course is only 10 feet off the ground, while the most difficult appears to be more than 30 feet high with the most precarious situations imaginable to test your balance.  Almost all the courses have a zipline for you to practice your Tarzan holler.

I recommend this place for those of you who are looking for something challenging, gets the adrenaline going, and doesn’t necessarily require that you be in top shape.  All you need is some agility and brain matter for problem-solving.  Did I say it was fun? It was most definitely fun.

Catamount is about a 2.5 hour drive north of the city, at 2962 State Highway 23 in Hillsdale.  You can find the directions here. Right now, it is open only on weekends and holidays, from 9:00 to 5:30. From June 16 to September 3, it will be open daily.  In the fall, it goes back to being open only on weekends, plus Columbus Day. The park fee is $51 for adults 12 and older, $42 for kids 10 to 11, and $33 for kids 7 to 9.  There is free parking onsite.


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One Response to “Catamount Aerial Adventure Park”

  1. Alley Pond Park | The Outdoor New Yorker Says:

    […] think the Catamount treetop course Upstate is much more challenging, but if you like the idea of a free day of […]

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