Public Tree Climbs

Conditions in NC now allow for private single household climbs and individual private lessons.  These climbs are all taking place at Schönwald, our private tree climbing venue near Hillsborough, NC. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a climb.

- Updated April 2021 - 

When things are back to "normal" the following details apply:

We host public tree climbs on certain Saturdays from March through November at various locations, mostly in Orange County, NC.  We provide all the gear you need to safely get into the canopy for an unforgettable experience.

Climbs are open to participants ages 6 and up.  Public climbs are $22 per climber for a 50 minute climb and a portion of your ticket price goes to help maintain the parks where we climb.

Contact me if you want to schedule a private climb at Schönwald or Karo outside of these dates/times.  Scroll below the booking scheduler to see pictures and read more details about Schönwald and Karo.

Book Your Tree Climbing Slots Below

(To see more climb dates, extend the date range by clicking on the dates in the green header)
Here is our cancellation and rain policy:
If you need to reschedule or cancel your climb, you can do so up to a week before the climb at no cost. If you need to cancel or reschedule between 1 and 6 days before the climb, half of the cost of the climb will be refunded. Sorry, we can't provide a refund for no-shows or day-of-climb cancellations.

If I cancel the climb due to inclement weather or other reason, I will do everything I can to reschedule you for another climb that works in your schedule so that you don't miss out on a great opportunity. If we can't find a time to reschedule you, then we will give you a full refund. We will generally climb in a light rain if it is not also too cold, but climbs will be cancelled for heavy rain or if thunder is heard.
Click here to read a copy of the waiver that each climber or their parent/guardian must sign in order to climb. 
Private Climbs
We also offer Private Climb Experiences for individuals, birthday parties, groups, schools, businesses - anyone who wants to climb! 

We hold most of our climbs at 3 beautiful locations.  
Get to know each one of our magnificent climbing trees below:

"Nephi" the White Oak.  Nephi is one of the heritage trees at Schönwald, a privately owned farm near Efland NC where we hold climbs.  Schönwald is German for "Beautiful Forest", an apt name for this 10 acre forest full of majestic oak, hickory and tulip trees.  When you're not climbing you can enjoy many of the other outdoor recreation opportunities at Schönwald.

Nephi's Stats:
Genus and Species: Quercus alba
Height: 78 feet tall
Average Crown Spread: 107 feet
Trunk Circumference: 11 feet, 8 inches
Address: 4642 Rocky Branch Lane, Mebane, NC 27302

Twin Willow Oaks at JC Raulston Arboretum.  Two to three times per year we offer public climbs at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. The as yet unnamed trees that we use for these climbs overlook the beautiful grounds of the arboretum. It's not at all uncommon for climbers to look down upon photo shoots of bridal showers or young families.

Twins' Stats:
Genus and Species: Quercus phellos
Height: 105 and 100 feet tall
Combined Crown Spread: 170 feet
Trunk Circumference: 11 feet, 5 inches and 10 feet 9 inches
Address: 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
The Twins in Google Maps' Satellite View

"Karo" the Pecan Tree.  Karo lives in the heart of downtown Hillsborough a stones throw from the historic courthouse, the district attorney's office, the Eno River, Weaver Street Market, and the Hillsborough Farmer's Market.  This park, now called River Park, was once a bustling neighborhood. The tree line of the main road is still visible and many a child and adult undoubtedly gathered pecans from beneath Karo's crown for holiday pies and other treats.

Karo's Stats:
Genus and Species: Carya illinoinensis
Height: 108 feet tall
Average Crown Spread: 117 feet
Trunk Circumference: 12 feet, 6 inches
Address: 144 E Margaret Ln, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Karo in Google Maps' Satellite View