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Participant Requirements and Tour Restrictions

The adventure challenge programs at ArborTrek are designed for participants in moderate to good health with average to good mobility.  We recommend participants familiarize themselves witht the requirements, restrictions, and risks of each program prior to committing.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (802) 644-9300.


  • All participants must agree to and sign a participant agreement. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signed agreement by a parent or legal, court-assigned guardian.
  • All of our courses incorporate short nature walks at various inclines on unpaved trails, which participants must be able to complete.
  • Participants must be able to understand and comply with instructions in English or bring their own translator.
  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Sandals, flip flops, slip-ons, barefoot running shoes, and Crocs are NOT acceptable. Guests with improper footwear will be turned away. No refunds will be given to participants arriving with inadequate footwear..


The  Zip Line Canopy Tour is the least physically demanding of our adventure challenge programs, but it is also the most remote. For most of the tour, participants are elevated high in the forest canopy above a mountain stream, some distance from the ArborTrek Welcome Center and Resort Village. 

  • WEIGHT: 70 – 250 lbs. (< 5'4", max weight is 220 lbs.; < 5'0" max weight is 180 lbs.); Must fit properly into the harness and other protective equipment.  All participants will be weighed on a calibrated scale prior to entering the course.  Failure to meet requirements will result in forfeiture of tour and no refund will be provided.  Weight limits have been set by the manufacturer and our insurance company for your safety and ours.
  • MINIMUM HEIGHT:  48 inches OR by advanced approval of course manager.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS:  Must be at least 8 years old; children under age 16 must be accompanied on the tour by a parent or legal, court-appointed guardian;All children must be able to participate independently of the adult.
  • GROUND SCHOOL:  Prior to embarking on the course proper, participants must complete a short training at our Ground School by demonstrating the ability to observe and respond to guide signals, control their speed by applying downward pressure with a gloved hand to a steel cable, maintain proper zip-lining posture, and to pull themselves along a short length of cable.
  • INDEPENDENCE: Participants must be able to perform tour activities independent of an aide or parent; else a private guide must be reserved in advance and approval of a manager is required. 


The Treetop Obstacle Course and Climbing Adventures require participants to step, balance, jump, swing, and pull themselves up or along elements.  Participants engaging in these activities should be prepared for a physical challenge.  Climbing Adventure participants should note that these activities utilize auto-belay technology, meaning should they fall, or upon completion of the climb, they will be automatically lowered to the ground at a controlled rate of descent.

  • MINIMUM HEIGHT.  54 inches standing flat-footed.   Participants who do not stand 54 inches must be accompanied by an adult and can only explore the ArborTrek Junior Course and Climbing Adventure.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS. Ages 4 and older who can act independently.  
  • SUPERVISION OF MINORS. All Minors must be supervised by a Responsible Adult while in the Treetop Adventure Park. A "Minor" means any person who has not reached the age of 18 years. A "Responsible Adult" means the parent, legal, court-appointed guardian, or an adult who has the permission of the parent or legal, court-appointed guardian to supervise the Minor.
    • Ages 12 years and under must be accompanied on the course by a Responsible Adult. One (1) Responsible Adult can accompany two (2) children ages 12 years and under OR one (1) child age 4-7 years AND must remain within one element at all times
    • Ages 13-17 years who meet the height and other rider requirements and who can act independently may use the course without a Responsible Adult participating, but the Responsible Adult must remain on property at all times.
    • Any Minor who is less than 54 inches in height OR cannot manage their own transfers must be accompanied on a one-to-one basis by a participating Responsible Adult who meets all rider requirements; the pair is limited to the ArborTrek Junior course area and Climbing Adventure.
  • INDEPENDENCE. Participants of any age who are unable to perform activities independent of an aid or parent must remain on the ArborTrek Junior Course or Climbing Adventure, or hire a private guide.
  • GROUND SCHOOL.  Prior to embarking on the course proper, participants must demonstrate the dexterity to transfer their SmartBelay lanyard, connect and disconnect their zip line trolley, cross a series of elements observing course procedures, and respond to guide signals and commands.
  • PRIVATE GUIDES. Private guides are available with adequate notice for $65.00/guide/session


Our team building workshops are high-energy events designed to engage participants physically, intellectually, and emotionally.  While many of the activities include some physical activity, programs are designed to meet the needs of the group.  Participants should come dressed to be active, engaged, and outdoors and prepared for periods of activtiy and inactivity.   Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a requirement.  


  • Are under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or legal drugs that impair you in any way (all courses).
  • Are pregnant or think you might be pregnant (treetop obstacle course, climbing, and canopy tour)
  • Have recent or recurring neck, back, or musculo-skeletal injuries (treetop obstacle course, climbing, canopy tour)
  • Have epilepsy or seizure disorders that do not permit you to drive (treetop obstacle course and canopy tour only)
  • Suffer from a heart condition that may require immediate medical attention (treetop obstacle course, canopy tour only)

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