We love adventuring throughout our state, and we recently had the chance to visit the Great Gorge Golf Club in North Jersey. Located at 414 County Road 517 in Vernon, Great Gorge provides various attractions and accommodations, including its popular TreEscape climbing and zip-lining experience. Keep reading to learn more about Great Gorge and TreEscape in Vernon, New Jersey.
All About Great Gorge Golf Club + TreEscape
The Great Gorge facility converges nature, golf, and adventure for members and visitors alike. Nestled in beautiful Northern New Jersey, the site boasts gorgeous views and various activities, one of its most popular being TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park.
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“TreEscape is an adventure where you’re not just climbing but embarking on a journey of self-confidence, bonding, and exhilaration,” said Mark Creamer Jr. of The Great Gorge. “Swinging and zip-lining through the treetops, conquering obstacles, as a weekend adventure, birthday parties, or a group event for schools or other organizations, you will surely create memories that last a lifetime.
Great Gorge also features a golf course with 27 holes (or three nine-hole courses), which provides golfers of all levels stunning views, challenging layouts, and signature features. Additionally, the club is home to Hef’s Hut Bar and Grill, which features weekly live music and a patio overlooking Vernon. Touted as Vernon’s “hidden gem,” the restaurant is a great spot to unwind with friends after a long day of golfing or climbing.
TreEscape’s Unique Adventures
The TreEscape park offers various unique adventures, including:
The 10-course adventure features tree climbing, zip-lining, and rope-swinging amongst the trees of Vernon Valley. This is a great course for those of all ages and experience levels, providing challenging yet exciting excursions.
This exhilarating self-guided zip-line course is available to anyone over the age of seven. Set amongst the TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park, the attraction lasts 60 to 90 minutes with over 1200 feet of zip lines across varying terrain, soaring 50 feet above the ground.
We believe climbing is just way more fun under the stars. TreEscape provides various obstacles and ziplines through the dark (with ambient lighting, of course) for an unforgettable experience.
Guests can book combo packs that combine any of the activities. Additionally, for those interested in planning to plan a corporate outing or an excursion with your friends, Great Gorge also provides group bookings.
“TreEcape is a unique experience that is great for all ages and gets you outside and challenging yourself in fun ways,” Mark told The Montclair Girl.
An Autumn Escape
Autumn is an ideal time to embark on outdoor adventures at Great Gorge. Plan a day of golfing, climbing, or ziplining, and end it with a delicious dinner and drinks at the Hef’s Hut. The foliage is vibrant in North Jersey this time of year, creating an immaculate landscape for an excursion.
With so many adventures and experiences to take part in, Great Gorge also provides accommodations on-site for visitors who’d like to stay overnight or for multiple nights. Nearby hotels, lodges, and sanctuaries include The Appalachian, Black Creek Sanctuary, Grand Cascades Lodge, and Minerals Hotel.
After Labor Day, TreEscape is open to the public only on weekends. Group bookings of over 20 people are reserved between Monday and Friday. TreEscape closes for the 2023 season on December 3rd and will open back up in May 2024, so book your visit ASAP for this autumn season.