Soar with the Birds on the Ziplines!
The Zip Line Course at Makemie Woods offers a high adventure experience to wide range of ages and ability levels.
Participants use a trolley system and harness to soar on cables over the reservoir, trees and ravines. They are available for use year-round, weather permitting.
The entire course entails nearly one-half mile of cable, and is comprised of nine zip lines with graduated ability levels. There are practice zip lines to learn technique, and shorter 200’ lines to develop confidence. The longest zip is nearly 400’ long and at its highest point is approximately 35’ above the ground. Trained facilitators attach the participants to the cable and coach them through the process. These are “hand-stop” or “self-arrest” zip-lines, so the participants control their own speed, taking off and landing at ground level. No climbing is involved!
Requirements for participation:
Adult supervision is expected with all groups participating at Makemie Woods--the recommended ratio is one adult for every 8 children or youth. Our facilitators need to be free to teach and conduct safe programs without having to be concerned with disciplining participants.
Accessibility: These zip lines are accessible for many who would not be able to climb traditional “ropes course” elements, and senior citizens have enjoyed them as well as youth. *These ziplines are not recommended for persons who have recently had knee, ankle or hip trouble or surgery, women who are pregnant, or anyone who cannot for any reason wear a harness or helmet safely.
Basic course: Two lines, each approximately 200', which cross a small section of the reservoir. An ideal beginner experience, as little “braking” is required.” The distance above the reservoir is approximately 15 feet.
Advanced course: Six lines in a circuit of varying difficulty. This circuit features our longest line, at nearly 400' long and 40' high, and concludes with the “Screaming Meemee.” Participants need to master attaching to and unclipping themselves from these lines with the supervision of facilitators. Previous participation on the basic MW zip course required.
“Screaming Meemee”: Our fastest line, approximately 250' long. Participants need to be fairly accomplished at “braking” to be allowed to tackle this challenge. For small groups, this line can be added to the basic course for $2.
Equipment and practice
All courses require time for putting on harnesses, helmets, and safety equipment, and then each person must practice attaching to the zip line and learning to “brake.” Depending on the size and experience level of the group, this can take quite a while, and at a minimum 45 minutes should be allotted for each group of 10-12 persons.
While arrangements can be made for larger groups, a group size of up to 12 people is optimal. A group of 12 or less should allot approximately 1.5 hours for a basic zip line experience. Groups of 18 or more must divide into smaller groups for separate experiences on the beginner course. Groups of more than 13 must divide into smaller groups for the advanced course.
Fees (subject to change)
Basic or advanced course: $15 per person.
Basic plus advanced: $25 per person.
(PEVA churches receive a $2 per person discount)
Informed Consent Form
All participants are required to read a sign and informed consent form. Participants under age 18 must have parents sign as well. Download Form
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required for a zip line program. Please contact the program staff in the camp office no less than one month in advance, and sooner if possible, to book your flight!