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Lums Pond State Park – Bear, Delaware

Near Philadelphia & Wilmington

1042 Howell School Road, Bear, DE 19701

Go Ape Lums Pond, Delaware’s first and only zip line and treetop adventure course is just minutes from I-95 and just outside downtown Wilmington and the Philadelphia suburbs.  Set within beautiful Lums Pond State Park in Bear, Delaware, the course includes not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 zip lines all taking you over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware!  The views are simply stunning as you zip over the water from one side of the pond to the next.

Bordering two sides of Lums Pond, Go Ape is set within a cove of the 200 acre pond.  One of our most adventurous and scenic designs, the course blends beautifully within the landscape of the pond and park.  The course is made up of numerous rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings to include the Double Stirrups, Zigzag Trapeze, Flying Carpet and Canyon Crossing, 2 Tarzan swings and 5 zip lines.  Overall, there are 5 individual sections within the course, each section taking you higher into the forest canopy and finishing with a zip line longer and with more expansive views of the pond than the previous one!  Zip Line #4 and #5 are both well over 650 feet and the entire course consists of over 2,191 feet worth of zip lines, providing some of the longest zip-lining experiences in the state and region!

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Lums Pond State Park located in Bear, Delaware surrounds the 200 acre pond and includes more than 1790 acres of parkland to explore.  Before or after your Go Ape adventure, be sure to check out the park’s; disc golf course, boathouse with kayak and boat rentals, nature center, ball fields (baseball, softball, football, soccer, tennis, basketball or volleyball), horseshoe pits, playground, picnic areas, campgrounds and hiking along the 7.5 mile Swamp Forest Trail circling the pond or biking and hiking on the over 10 miles of multi-purpose trails.

Please note, there is an entry fee for the park. $3 for DE registered vehicles & $6 for out-of-state vehicles.

For more information on the amenities at Lums Pond State Park, click here

Our zip lines are conveniently located just 25 minutes from downtown Wilmington, DE | 35 minutes from Chester, PA | 44 minutes from Dover, DE | 50 minutes from Philadelphia, PA | 1 hour from Baltimore, MD
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For full availability simply click on our 'Book Now' function for exact details of Lums Pond's opening hours. Times will vary on daylight hours… some adventures even open at 8:00am in the summer for those early birds!

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Lums Pond State Park – Bear, Delaware.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 700 feet
  • Longest Crossing 57 feet
  • Total Length 3,166 feet
  • Number of Crossings 37
  • Highest Point 48 feet

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The Address

Lums Pond State Park, 1042 Howell School Road, Bear, Delaware 19701

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By car

From Points North (Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia)

  • Route I-95 South to Exit 1A (Middletown)
  • Take Route 896 South for 6 miles
  • Make a LEFT turn onto Howell School Road
  • The park entrance is on the right, 1/4 mile
  • Travel through the park and follow signs for Picnic Area 1
  • Drive into the Picnic Area 1 parking lot and the Go Ape cabin will be at the right

From Points South (Dover, Rehoboth Beach)

  • Route 13 North
  • Make a LEFT at Route 896, 301 Junction (also known as Boyd's Corner)
  • Cross the Summit Bridge (it goes over the C & D Canal)
  • Make a RIGHT onto Howell's School Road
  • The park entrance is on the RIGHT, 1/4 mile
  • Travel through the park and follow signs for Picnic Area 1
  • Drive into the Picnic Area 1 parking lot and the Go Ape cabin will be at the right

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Here are a few links that we thought you might find useful! Please note - upon selecting a link below, you will be re-directed to a page outside of goape.com

Lums Pond State Park

Delaware State Parks

Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Delaware

Staying Over

There are plenty of camping and hotel options in the Wilmington area.  Feel free to click the links below where you can check availability and book your stay.  Please note, upon selecting a link, you will be re-directed to a page outside of goape.com.

Lums Pond State Park camping

Trip Advisor - Wilmington Hotels

Red Roof Inn & Suites - University

Feedback from Lums Pond State Park – Bear, Delaware

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It's always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla's mouth (...and we're proud to say it’s totally unedited!)

Rated 5 Bananas Karen - , on 10 July 2014
We loved it!! We had a group of 5, ranging in ages 17-54, and of different physical abilities. We all made it! Granted, it was harder for some of us (me & the next oldest!!), but we made it. Everyone had a GREAT time! I loved that it was in the woods and protected from the sun (it was a hot day). I loved that there was water at every station (MUCH appreciated). I liked that there were signs at every station telling you what to do, because we would've been lost without the signage. I liked that the obstacles were all different and some easier and some more challenging. The instructor was very friendly and thorough. He was funny too! My favorite parts were the zip lines. Although, at the time I was terrified of most of the obstacles, in hindsight I'm proud of myself for doing them all! The "moving" planks that we had to cross were the hardest for me (and the scariest). Next time I'll relax a little more and have more faith in my safety "latches" holding me up (I know they're not called latches, but I can't remember the name of them right now - you know, the things you hook into so you don't fall). Anyway, everyone in our group had a GREAT time and we're all proud of ourselves for doing something totally out of our comfort zones! GREAT ADVENTURE!!!
Rated 5 Bananas Katherine - , on 10 July 2014
I had an awesome time! The staff you have at this location were very well trained. They were always near by checking on everyone with a smile on their faces. When correcting people, they did it with great respect whether the person was ten years young or 50 years young. I felt like I was on vacation! Enjoying the views down below from people and K9's hiking, to the wild life around us and the many boats on the pond. The course it self was perfect! Having water available at each station is a smart idea and very appreciated! ( only suggestion I would have online when signing up is to say " There is no need to bring a water bottle into the course. Water is provided at each station". I love that we had options along the way. You can do the course different ways each time you come to play! It was all great but my favorite thing to do is the Zip line! I did it the first time in Costa Rica. Though not as long here, It is still a blast! I really enjoyed everything. Variety is the key! Great job and thank you for bringing affordable fun for everyone to Delaware! A soft ice cream cone at the end would be nice! ( Hint. Hint. ) Everyone was hungry after all that monkeying around. :) Thank you! Katherine Caulfield
Rated 5 Bananas Helen - , on 10 July 2014
I loved the quick and easy, yet effective, safety instructions. I loved being able to go on the course without much supervision. The freedom to go at my own pace with my friends gave me the best experience possible.
Rated 5 Bananas Chris - , on 9 July 2014
The entire course was amazing and the expert choices were perfect! My husband and I brought our 12 year old granddaughter with us and she had a blast! I will be back again to enjoy the course this summer with friends. We are a very active and athletic family and our daughter and her husband were recently there because we had such a great time! Can't wait to come back again. We are "ape" for Go Ape!! FYI.....you staff was very informative, concerned for the safety of the guests and were VERY thorough with the safety briefing and demonstration of the equipment. My personal favorite on the course was the individual cargo nets....very tricky and a real challenge! So glad "Go Ape" came to Delaware!! Thanks for letting us live adventurously!! Chris
Rated 5 Bananas Laura - , on 9 July 2014
The experience was wonderful from start to finish. Dave was an awesome instructor that kept us laughing and made sure we were ready to venture off on our own. I admitted to being scared of heights and he offered some great suggestions that I used throughout the course. I've told several of my friends and family and plan to head back soon!
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