ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Fall Creek Falls is an adventure park operator driven by talented staff who are passionate about exploring the natural world, empowering others, and providing individuals, families and small groups the opportunity to share unforgettable adventures together.
ArborTrek Canopy Adventures provides established tour operators, resorts, parks, museums, zoos, and land owners with wooded property near tourist destinations or densely populated areas the opportunity to enter the emerging eco-adventure park market with the management experience and financial backing necessary to be successful. In exchange for a long-term lease, ArborTrek provides the necessary start-up and working capital to build and operate the course. In the addition to visitor draw, land owners receive a generous share of the tour revenue.
ABOUT ARBORTREK FALL CREEK FALLS
ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Fall Creek Falls is an adventure park provider operating inside Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee's largest and most visited state park. The company is an operating entity of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures and AdventureSmith, Inc.
Tennessee State Parks is among a number of state and local parks across the country adding aerial adventure parks as an amenity to attract new visitors and increase park revenues. Following a proposal request in 2013, the State of Tennessee awarded ZIPStream Fall Creek Falls (now operating under the name ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Fall Creek Falls) a long-term lease with rights to install and operate an aerial adventure park at Fall Creek Falls State. The adventure park is independently operated and maintained, with the State receiving a share of revenues to compensate for use of the land.
Design of the 70+ element aerial adventure park commenced in February 2014 with surveying and a formal tree survey conducted by a licensed arborist familiar with the structural requirement of adventure parks. Structural components were drafted and stamped by a licensed Tennessee engineer and submitted to the Office of the State Architect in March 2014. Approval to begin installation of the course was granted in early April 2014 and the course was completed and opened in late June 2014.
Today, the treetop adventure park includes 70+ aerial elements including wobbly bridges, balance beams, ropes swings, cargo nets, and zip lines. The course is divided into 6 routes rated from easy to extreme, each having 8 to 13 elements. Participants are provided a 2.5 hour pass to explore the park. Designed to accommodate adventure seekers as young as 4 years of age through active seniors of good health and mobility, the course is family-friendly with challenges to suit a variety of ability levels.
Prior to entering the course, participants are outfitted with full-body harnesses, helmets, zip line trolleys and smart-belay lanyards, and receive thorough instruction at Ground School where they can learn "the ropes" close to the ground. From the time participants leave the ground to the time they return, their lanyards are connected to a series of flexible lifelines that run above each element. New technology allows participants to transfer from one element to the next at their own pace, while ensuring participants are connected throughout their time on the course. ArborTrek staff are available to provide instruction, coaching, and encouragement as needed.
ABOUT ARBORTREK CANOPY ADVENTURES, LLC
ArborTrek Canopy Adventures is an adventure park operator driven by talented staff who are passionate about exploring the natural world, empowering others, and providing individuals, families and small groups the opportunity to share unforgettable adventures together. ArborTrek provides established tour operators, resorts, parks, museums, zoos, and land owners with wooded property near tourist destinations or densely populated areas the opportunity to enter the emerging eco-adventure park market with the management experience and financial backing necessary to be successful. In exchange for a long-term lease, ArborTrek provides the necessary start-up and working capital to build and operate the course. In the addition to visitor draw, land owners receive a generous share of the tour revenue.
ArborTrek launched its flagship tour at Smugglers' Notch ResortSmugglers' Notch Resort in Northern Vermont in 2010. The Smugglers' Notch/Stowe Zip Line Canopy Tour and Treetop Obstacle course are listed #1 by TripAdvisor in their respective markets and have received glowing accolades including:
- Listed "10 Best Zipline Courses in the U.S.A." 2014, USA Today
- One of the "World's Coolest Zip Lines" – 2012, Travel + Leisure magazine
- 2012 Editor's Choice for Best of New England – 2012, Yankee Magazine
- "One of the Best Wilderness Zip Line Tours in the U.S." 2012, – Outside Magazine's Adventure Advisor Blog
- "10 Thrilling Zip Lines Around the World" – 2014, The Weather Channel
ABOUT ADVENTURESMITH, INC.
AdventureSmith, Inc. is a niche consultancy offering business development services, risk management consulting, marketing support, and staff development to aerial adventure park and zip line canopy tour operators. Services range from short-term engagements to aerial adventure park management. In addition to business-to-business services, AdventureSmith, Inc. president, Michael R. Smith, provides expert witness services for zip line and aerial adventure course operations.
Be the premier provider of zip line canopy tours and adventure parks in the United States and Canada.
Design, develop, and deliver novel, eco-adventure programs that foster an appreciation for the environment, create lasting memories, and help individuals learn more about and connect with themselves and the people and world around them.
Our locations will serve to be a place where clients can always come to escape the negative stresses of life and rejuvenate their energies, enjoy the camaraderie of their family and friends, and appreciate the great outdoors. To this end, we strive to create experiences where we are the visitors to the area and where our impacts are minimized. Simply put, our goal is the educate, entertain, and inspire people through unforgettable adventures.
Our core business team is drawn from a variety of fields, including: business management, finance, marketing, risk management, ministry, challenge courses, adventure parks, canopy tours, corporate training, camping, and more.
Michael R. Smith, President
As the President of ArborTrek, Michael is dedicated to providing high-value, small group and family experiences that foster an appreciation for natural world, inspire and rejuvenate the mind, and educate the community on the value of wild places and adventure. Michael brings more than 21 years of experience in the challenge course industry as a facilitator, builder, manager, trainer, and business consultant and holds degrees in Wilderness Leadership and a Masters of Training and Development. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as a business consultant, authored and published climbing guides, worked as a Chief Field Instructor for the Outward Bound School, and managed a web design and marketing company focused on the outdoor industry. Through his work as an adventure park builder and canopy tour consultant, he has helped to design and launch 16 commercial zip line canopy tours and adventure parks in the United States and Canada, and has consulted with dozens of other zip line canopy tour and adventure park operations on business planning, feasibility, staff development, and marketing. Michael is an ACCT Level 2 Certified Inspector, Ontario TSSA-Certified Zip Line Mechanic, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).
Michael Beber, Chairman
Michael provides financial and related insight and support to the ArborTrek team. Michael, now a resident of Rye, Westchester County, New York, was born and raised in Toronto, graduated from the University of Western Ontario and is a Canadian Chartered Accountant. Michael is best known as a forensic accountant where he was a senior manager at KPMG, a partner at BDO and subsequently a co-founder and principal of international forensic and investigative accounting firm Lindquist Avey. With more than 25 years of significant experience in developing market-leading intelligence and risk/data management businesses, Beber has lent his skills as a strategic and operating executive to companies including Kroll, one of the leading risk consulting companies, Marsh and McLennan, the world's largest risk manager, MidOcean Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm and, most recently, Altegrity, an international investigations and security company. Beber's love of zip line canopy tours and entrepreneurial pursuits led him to Michael Smith, one of the most recognized leaders in the industry, and together they forged their mission – to build ArborTrek into the premier provider of eco-adventures in North America.
Stephen Clevenger, General Manager
Steve beings years of experience in small business and restaurant management to his role in the day-to-day operations and management of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Fall Creek Falls. During his career, he has established a proven track record for developing high-performing teams. In addition to a breadth of management experience, Steve has worked on many challenge course and aerial adventure park builds. His wealth of knowledge and big character make ArborTrek Fall Creek Falls a fun and challenging place to work, and a great place to visit.