The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School is located in Sandy Spring, Maryland, on the 140-acre campus of Sandy Spring Friends School.
Opened in 2011 as one of the first Swiss style Adventure Parks in the country, the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring has grown to become the largest man-made outdoor climbing park in the world. The Adventure Forest and The Labyrinth combine to offer almost 250 unique climbing and zipping challenges.
The Aerial Adventure Forest is essentially an obstacle course in the trees and includes climbing, zip lines and combinations of the challenge bridges and zip lines. The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring has 13 trails, which are color-coded, with purple — the easiest — being a 12- to 20-foot-high course, and double black diamond — the most difficult — being 65 feet in the air. It is the largest aerial climbing course in the US.
The Labyrinth, which opened in 2013, is an innovative pole based climbing structure offering many of the same challenges as the Aerial Adventure Forest, but scaled to be suitable for younger climbers, ages 5-10. Whether climbing with parents during our frequent Family Climbs or as a guest at a private birthday party, The Labyrinth has proven to be a big hit with younger climbers.
About the Aerial Forest Park
The Aerial Forest Park (AFP) is a new concept in the US, but in Europe (France, Switzerland, England, Austria, and Germany) it has become a very popular experience for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Families, friends and individuals are involved in healthy outdoor activities, building strength, endurance, and confidence. They provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of nature. These parks contain courses made of small platforms constructed at various levels in the trees. The platforms are connected by different types of bridges (that represent obstacles) and participants, using safety harnesses, maneuver from platform to platform. The parks operate with virtually no negative environmental impact and the trees (our most important assets) are well cared for and protected.
Ecotourism: Ropes Course Parks as Sustainable Travel Destinations
Ecotourism focuses on responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. It places great importance on environmental awareness, respect for nature, and empowerment of local people, corporate responsibility, creating positive experiences, whilst aiming to provide financial benefits for both businesses and local communities. All of these goals and outcomes make a ropes course park a very ecofriendly and sustainable business.