Swinging in the Trees
There’s nothing like spending a summer afternoon in the cool shade of a large oak tree with a picnic or a book or just a few good friends. But what if you could climb amongst those trees, or better yet, sleep in them? In Oregon, you can. Explore the states newest adventure park–where you can literally walk on air! Or, spend a night 40-feet above the ground in the most luxurious tree house you’ll ever see. Whether you’re in midair or walking amongst the trees, explore Oregon’s original resident.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk high amongst the trees, balancing on midair bridges and tight ropes and swing from limb to limb (with an appropriate Tarzan howl)? Well the mystery is unveiled in the Willamette Valley at Oregon’s newest outdoor adventure park, Tree to Tree Adventure Park. The only park of its kind in all the western states, Tree to Tree offers is a surefire way to get your feet off the ground and one step closer to nature. They offer courses for all ages, heights and skill levels and those looking to stay grounded can explore the abundant nature trails. Check out Grant McOmie’s recent adventure at Tree to Tree for some inspiration.
At the coast, explore the Tillamook Forest Center where a interpretive center shows how we connect with the forest on a daily basis. Built along the Wilson River, on landscape that was once devastated by a series of fires in the 1930s and 40s, there is now a 40-foot tall replica of a fire lookout tower, classrooms and a movie theater. Surrounding the campus are picnic tables. walking trails and a suspension bridge that spans the Wilson River.
The Out and About Treehouse Treesort in Southern Oregon will put any homemade treehouse to shame. This bed and breakfast in the Siskiyou National Forest has actual homes–complete with plumbing and full kitchens–perched high within the Oak grove. Rest your head 40 feet above the ground and wake up with the birds chirping next to you. There is also a zipline course, horseback riding and treehouse construction tutorials.