Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Tucked in the trees of Trinity Forest, on the Southeast side of Dallas an awesome adventure beckons.  All you active folks, this is for you!

Trinity Forest Adventure Park opened late in 2013 and is situated on 7 acres.  The park consists of 6 obstacle courses of increasing difficulty.  You can find balance beams, floating bridges, zip lines, traversing ropes, and much more as you navigate through the courses.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park

As things are often more fun when shared with friends, I recruited my husband, AK, and our friends Blondie & Peter to come along.

In case you’re worried, you do NOT have to be a fitness fanatic or in perfect shape to participate.  I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy either.  Your muscles will be talking to you the next day.

I don’t have amazing quality photos from this adventure as the place is not conducive for photo taking.  Who wants to hassle with a camera while tethered in trees?  Most people just have their phones with them.  AK was nice enough to snap some photos for me.

To start your adventure, TFAP recommends that you make a reservation and purchase tickets online.  Reservations are for a 3 hour time slot.  Tickets for adults will run you about $45 per person; kids cost a bit less depending on their age group.  Kids aged 6+ are welcome.  There are a few rules and requirements to keep everyone safe, so reading the website before you go is crucial.

Once you arrive at the park, you are suited up with a harness, helmet, gloves, zip cable, and a locking cable.  Everyone goes through ground school to make sure you know how to use the equipment properly.  Once you start a course you are locked in until you finish it.

After ground school, you then progress to the beginner Yellow course which is about 12-15 feet off the ground.

(Click on any of the images to see larger versions.)

Our friends Blondie & Peter take on the Yellow course.
Our friends Blondie & Peter take on the Yellow course.  Above them, you can see a balance beam on a Blue course (~25 ft high)
I tackle a suspension bridge on the Yellow course.
I tackle a suspension bridge on the Yellow course.

After you complete the Yellow course, you can move on to the Green courses (12-15 ft), followed by Blue (25 ft) and finally Black (50 ft).  You must complete the preceding level before you can move up.  Each level is more difficult and physically challenging.

Our group split up after the Yellow course as the others felt ready for a Blue course, while I went with a Green one.  I struggle with vertigo and can get dizzy when looking straight down from a height, so I took my time to acclimate.

Suspended between two trees on a Green course is a rope net.  Pretty challenging to traverse!  The ladder before the platform is for staff to use in case someone needs assistance.
Suspended between two trees on a Green course is a rope net. Pretty challenging to traverse! The ladder below the platform is for staff to use in case someone needs assistance.

 

Me, ziplining between trees.
Me, ziplining between trees.
Peter and Blondie navigate through a Blue course at 25 ft high.  On the right corner, you can see me on a Green course below.
Peter and Blondie navigate through a Blue course at 25 ft high. On the right corner, you can see me on a Green course below.

Peter and I stuck with a Blue course, while AK & Blondie were up for the ultimate challenge of the Black course at 50 feet high.  The obstacles are difficult, and both were pretty exhausted by the time they finished.

Blondie tackles the first obstacle on the Black course.
Blondie tackles the first obstacle on the Black course.
Me finishing up the rope net on Green.  This was actually my second time through that course.
Me finishing up the rope net on Green. This was actually my second time through that course.

On the day we went, the temperature was nearly 100 degrees, so we all got very hot and sweaty.  The park has water stations situated around the courses, so you can hydrate.

After just over two hours in the park, we were all exhausted, sore, and very hot, so we decided to call it a day.  We all agreed to come back when it is cooler out, and to complete the courses we didn’t get to.

Overall it was a physically challenging, but extremely fun afternoon. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park is located at 1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd. in Dallas.  Check their website for more information.

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