Highline of the Forest – Wild Walk Opens at Adirondacks’ Wild Center

When our family visited the Wild Center in New York’s Adirondack State Park, we were taken by the hundreds of animal residents of the natural history museum.  We loved watching cavorting otters, Stickley the porcupine, and a little skunk named Flower.  Little did we know, just outside the Wild Center’s doors, a quarter mile, elevated, Wild Walk nature trail was under development, soon to become “the Highline of the Forest.”  On July 4, 2015, Wild Walk offered guests their first glimpse of the woods from an animal inhabitant point of view.  You can scamper up trees like a squirrel, roost in a nest like an eagle, or rest in a web like a spider all on a fully-accessible system of ramps and pathways.  Continue reading for more photos and details on the Wild Center’s Wild Walk while I look into planning another family visit to the Adirondacks.

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From New York State Visitor’s Bureau, all photos courtesy of The Wild Center

New York State announced the grand opening of Wild Walk at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York. The new exhibit which opened July 4, 2015 allows visitors to travel across the Adirondack treetops 40-feet above ground. Visitors can expect a quarter mile trip over bridges and platforms, up a four-story twig tree house, and onto a human-sized spider’s web suspended 24-feet above ground.

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“The newest Adirondack trail, dubbed ‘Highline of the Forest,’ is just one more example of why New York’s tourism industry continues to thrive,” said Empire State Development President, Howard Zemsky. “With support from the Governor’s Regional Council initiative, The Wild Center has transformed 84 tons of steel into an organic, Adirondack adventure.”

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The grand opening marks the first day of The Wild Center’s 10th Anniversary Year, with Wild Walk opening on the same July 4th date the Museum opened in 2006. Wild Walk’s debut is the first of three events to celebrate the grand opening this summer. Two additional events will follow, including live raptor flights around the Museum’s campus on July 18, and Play Outside Day that will include a chance to learn survival skills and meet a live wolf on August 2.

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“The Wild Center has developed into what is now an anchor attraction for tourism in Upstate New York,” said Empire State Development, Executive Director of Tourism, Gavin Landry. “The Wild Center’s newest addition, Wild Walk, is a great addition to the many activities and assets already available in the Adirondacks, from hiking, paddling and whitewater rafting; to enjoying the crystal clear waters of places like Lake George and Lake Placid; to exploring the Adirondack Museum, Fort Ticonderoga and Great Camp Sagamore.”

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“We have this great hub for exploring nature in the middle of the woods,” said Stephanie Ratcliffe, The Wild Center’s executive director. “This has been our dream for years, to have a chance to knock down the walls and see what happens when the roof is the sky and the floor takes you up off the ground, and then fill the whole experience with stories that let us all see the natural world from new perspectives.”

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.