What is a canopy tour?
Wildwood Rush is an ecologically based journey through the treetops of a northern hardwood forest. Guests will travel through the forest on foot trails, zip across aerial cables and cross suspended sky bridges, on a thrilling journey while learning details of the local ecosystem.
Are reservations required?
Reservations are recommended. Each one of our tour groups is limited to 8 participants and requires 2 guides. To enable us to provide you with the best experience, we encourage you to make reservations. If you do not have a reservation, we will do our best to accommodate you based on space and guide availability.
Is it safe?
Wildwood Rush has been constructed to meet the standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, and all of our guides receive extensive training based upon standards developed by the ACCT. Your safety is our number one priority.
How strong are the cables?
The ½” wire cable used in our courses is rated under the American National Standards Institute to have a breaking strength over 26,000 pounds! Our trolleys were originally developed for the U.S. military and have a breaking strength of 19,000 pounds.
What if I am afraid of heights?
We suggest that you do not use the canopy tour to overcome an intense fear of heights; however, if you are merely hesitant we encourage you to come out and give Wildwood Rush Canopy Tours a shot. All of our guides are used to working at heights and are very calming and understanding. Plus, being in the trees is more about forward movement along the zip lines enabling you to experience nature in a new, exciting way. Ready for some spectacular views? Come out to Wildwood Rush. You can do it!
How many zip lines are there? How long are they?
We have a total of 11 lines counting our triple racing line… the only one in the Midwest. Our lines range in length from 200 feet to 1200 feet. No two runs are the same. Some are designed to allow you to soak up the beauty of the natural environment while others are built to provide a pure adrenaline rush.
How high are the zip lines?
The course varies in height from ground level at the start of our first line to 80 feet at the highest point. Average platform height is 25 feet, and average line height is 50 feet.
Where is Wildwood Rush located?
We are located just west of Boyne City on Boyne City Road... a ¼ mile from Young State Park. Travel time from Petoskey is just 20 minutes, Gaylord-30 minutes. Traverse City-90 minutes.
Are there any physical requirements?
Participants must be in reasonably good physical condition and be able to negotiate moderately difficult hiking trails. Minimum weight to participate is 70 lbs. and the maximum is 270 lbs. Lighter guests may not make it to the end of all runs, while those larger may gain too much speed.
Are canopy tour guides permitted to accept gratuity?
Yes, gratuity is customary and much appreciated for our tour guides. So if you enjoy your zip, feel free to tip!
Does the tour run in the rain?
Yes, we do operate in the rain and many of our guests enjoy the rejuvenating experience. Not only do you end up picking up some additional speed in the rain, but the forest around you also comes alive! However, we will cancel tours in the event of severe weather such as lightning or high sustained winds. Remember to dress appropriately for all weather types.
Can I bring a camera?
Yes, we encourage you to do so. Please make sure your camera has a strap so we may attach it to you. Often times smaller cameras are easier to handle out on the course. Wildwood Rush Canopy Tours is not responsible for any damage to your camera or loss if dropped from the course.
How much does it cost?
The full Canopy tour is $75.00 per person. Group rates require a minimum of 8 people for the discounted rate of $65.00/person. A single trip down our 1200’ triple racing zip line is $20.00, three rides are $35.00
What should I Wear?
Dress for the weather as our tours go rain or shine. Layers are recommended in early morning or evening tours as temperature changes can be substantial. You will be wearing a full body harness, so avoid very short shorts, halter tops and of course skirts. Wear sturdy comfortable shoes for hiking. No sandals or open toed shoes are allowed.