Lanesborough adventure park gets national recognition

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LANESBOROUGH — Ramblewild, the aerial adventure park on Brodie Mountain Road, has been named Third Best Aerial Adventure Park in the U.S. based on a nationwide poll through USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards.

Ramblewild officials announced the results Friday.

"We're extremely honored and thankful to our many supporters who helped us earn such a high spot in the top 10," said the park's co-founder Valentina Cugnasca. "We continually strive to provide an excellent guest experience in one of the nation's largest aerial adventure parks located within a spectacular forest setting. This award is also an acknowledgement of our focus on the environment and the community as a Certified B Corporation, and a huge win for the Berkshires."

Nominees for the categories were chosen by a panel of industry experts which include a combination of editors from USA Today and 10Best.com as well as expert contributors. After four weeks of voting, the top 10 winners were determined for the various categories. Rules allowed the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category per day.

The voting ended April 22.

Ramblewild opened in June 2014. It occupies 11 acres of a 1,500-acre property.

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The park features eight aerial trails — two each on four levels of expertise including beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert. Using safety harnesses and helmets, visitors climb into the forest canopy and travel through the woods from tree to tree on assembled aerial pathways without ever touching the ground.

Each trail has 18 elements to navigate, such as bridges, ladders, rope swings, cargo netting, zip lines or log obstacles. All tolled there are 450 elements. Some of the elements are a little mind bending, such as the zip lines upon which people ride a kayak or a saddle or a skateboard across a gorge.

At peak season — July and August — the park employs about 30 people and hosts between 200 and 300 visitors per day, Hargreaves said.

Prices are $69 for adults and $59 for visitors 17 years old or younger. Berkshire County residents get a 25 percent discount upon showing their ID.

Within the natural hardwood forest, Ramblewild incorporates the tree-to-tree aerial adventure park, nature trails, low ropes course, campground, and a maple sugarbush.

Ramblewild is a subsidiary of Feronia Forests, an award-winning Certified B Corporation that implements its Sustainable Full ForestryTM Strategy to generate social, environmental and financial impact, Cugnasca noted. With Ramblewild, Feronia Forests creates new ways to save trees through a family of sustainable, forest-forward products that keep trees healthy and forests standing.

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.


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