A NEW ROPES COURSEThe Mountain Creek Resort has developed an exciting new aerial adventure ropes course at the former Great Gorge Golf Club. Known as TreEscape Aerial Adventure Course, the course opened in July.The course connects tree platforms via zip lines, climbs and rope walks at both low and high heights.
According to Wikipedia, “A ropes course is a challenging outdoor personal development and team building activity which usually consists of high and/or low elements. Low elements take place on the ground or only a few feet above the ground. High elements are usually constructed in trees or made of utility poles and require a belay for safety.”
The course is located on the former Playboy Club property near the now closed Legends Hotel above the 4th hole of Quarry side on the Great Gorge Golf Course. The land is incredible with steep cliffs, spectacular views, mature forest and even a boxed cannon created by Bethlehem Steel when it mined the area over 100 years ago.
The course joins the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange as the state’s only other outdoor course. There are two indoor courses at iPlay America in Freehold and Palisades Climb Adventure at the Palisades Mall.
This is also one of the state’s few “natural heritage sites” with threatened and endangered species of plants, but due to the limited nature of the disturbance, Mountain Creek was able to get the necessary permits to build the course. According to the DEP’s website, The New Jersey Natural Heritage Program identifies the state’s most significant natural areas through a comprehensive inventory of rare plant and animal species and representative ecological communities. From that inventory, the Natural Heritage Database compiles information on the distribution, biology, status, and preservation needs of these species and communities.”
Allowing the public to enjoy a Natural Heritage site in such a noninvasive way seems like a win/win. Way to go Mountain Creek!