Oberlin's Common Ground Canopy Tours (14240 Baird Road), a zipline course built into a dense forest, gives you a feeling of flight through nature that's truly a beautiful way to experience the woods.
Oberlin’s Common Ground Canopy Tours (14240 Baird Road), a zipline course built into a dense forest, gives you a feeling of flight through nature that’s truly a beautiful way to experience the woods.
On arrival, guests will take a quick instructional course on zipline safety, before climbing stairs that will take them to the first of 13 platforms built into the trees. The course offers 7 ziplines, covering 2,500 feet of flight, and reaches 75 feet into the air at its highest point. Along the way they’ll cross suspension bridges, a “floating” staircase, and finally a short rope repel back down to the ground.
Common Ground has made great efforts to maintain the environment around it. When the course was first created, it was built without the use of electronic tools. This was done to give minimal disturbance to the forest floor. Construction securing the platforms to the trees have been made to allow the tree to expand in diameter rather than constrict it. The whole experience takes about 2 and a half hours to complete, and anyone from 10 to 90 can enjoy the ride.
If you’re looking for a thrill that will give you a unique look at the world around you, it’s a thrill that you should seek out.