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Rock Creek Park

6129 Needwood Lake Drive, Rockville, MD 20855

The Go Ape treetop adventure course is made up of 6 zip lines (including Maryland and the USA’s first skateboard zipline!) numerous rope ladders, 44 crossings to include the Stirrups and Twister and 2 tarzan swings.  More than just a canopy tour, there are 6 individual sections within the course, each section taking you higher into the forest canopy and finishing with a zip line more exciting than the previous one!  If you’ve been before, we’ve added a banana load of challenging obstacles to make your adventure more exciting than ever before.  Furthermore, the course now includes a zip line taking you over a road!

Go Ape’s first US course is centered around the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park, just outside Washington DC in Rockville, Maryland.  The course is surrounded by hiking trails through forests and along lakeshores, includes picnic areas, boat rentals, fishing and the beginning of the 12 mile Rock Creek hiker/biker trail into Washington DC.  Save 20% at the Lake Needwood Boathouse with proof of purchase from Go Ape!  Simply provide the boathouse your Go Ape receipt to receive this discount Monday – Friday, all season long.

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Our zip lines are conveniently located just 35 minutes from Washington, DC | 33 minutes from Arlington, Virginia | 45 minutes from Baltimore, Maryland | 45 minutes from Frederick, Maryland!
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Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Rock Creek Park.

  • Number of sections 6
  • Longest Zip Wire 400 feet
  • Longest Crossing 52 feet
  • Total Length 2,145 feet
  • Number of Crossings 44
  • Highest Point 50 feet

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The Address

Go Ape Rock Creek Regional Park, 6129 Needwood Lake Drive, Derwood, MD 20855

GPS Coordinates: 39.119277, -77.124645

Use Google Maps for the best directions. Search for "Go Ape". Other GPS devices may be unreliable. Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to check-in. Consider extra time for traffic and parking.


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By car

From the Capital Beltway (I-495 North), take either of the I-270 spurs north.  Follow I-270 North for almost 4 miles.  Take exit 8 for Shady Grove Road.  IMPORTANT - when merging onto exit 8 off of I-270, be sure to keep RIGHT at the fork and take the first exit ramp.  Keeping RIGHT will allow you to proceed onto Redland Blvd.  Continue to follow signs for Redland Blvd and Redland Road (Redland Blvd will merge into Redland Road without you knowing it) and continue on Redland Blvd/Road for 2.1 miles.  Turn right at Needwood Road and continue for 1.6 miles.  Turn right onto Beach Drive after you pass the lake on your right and enter Rock Creek Regional Park.  Continue for .75 miles.  Proceed through the stop sign and park in the lot on your right (Picnic Area 2).

From Frederick and locations north, take I-270 southbound.  Take exit 9A to merge onto 1-370 E toward Shady Grove Metro Station and follow for 1.4 miles.  Then take the Shady Grove Rd exit toward MD-355 S/Rockville (also known as Rockville Pike).  After .3 miles, turn left onto Shady Grove Road.  Continue on Shady Grove Road for .9 miles and then make a right onto Crabbs Branch Way.  Follow Crabbs Branch Way for .7 miles and then take the first left (at the light) onto Redland Road.  Continue on Redland for .3 miles and then make your first right onto Needwood Road.  Continue on Needwood Road for 1.6 miles.  Turn right onto Beach Drive after you pass the lake on your right and enter Rock Creek Regional Park.  Continue for .75 miles.  Proceed through the stop sign and park in the lot on your right (Picnic Area 2).

GPS Users! Many GPS systems will not direct you to the Go Ape cabin if you enter the park name or if you enter our address.  If your GPS system leads you to the Needwood Mansion, continue east on Needwood Rd, pass the lake on your right and enter the park via Beach Dr, which is the next right after the lake.  Continue on Beach Dr for .75 miles to Picnic Area 2 where you will find the closest parking lot to the Go Ape cabin.  Additionally, some GPS units will not recognize Needwood Lake Drive as a road.  If this is the case, we recommend that you use Needwood Lake Circle as this street is close to our location.  As GPS sometimes struggles to find Rock Creek Regional Park, we advise that you conduct a Google Maps search from your home address to 6129 Needwood Lake Drive, Derwood, MD 20855.

Important! Go Ape! Rock Creek Regional Park is in Rockville, Maryland at the Lake Needwood area of Rock Creek Regional Park and is not to be confused with other areas of the Rock Creek Regional Park system or Rock Creek Park in Washington DC.

By metro

Take Metro to Go Ape! - take the Red Line to the Shady Grove Station.  Prior to your arrival at Shady Grove, we recommend that you call Barwood Taxis at 301-984-1900, but if you forget there is a taxi stand outside the Westside exit.  Additionally, Metro welcomes bicycles on the weekends and the station is 3.5 miles from Go Ape Rock Creek Regional Park.  For more information on Metro, click here

By Bicycle or Walking (from Shady Grove Red Line Metro) - Leave the Shady Grove station through the Eastside exit and follow the signs for Redland Road.  At the light, turn left onto Redland Road and travel for .4 miles.  Turn right onto Needwood Road and travel for 1.6 miles.  Enter the park by turning right onto Beach Drive (after you pass the lake on your right), travel for .75 miles.  Come to the first stop sign and Go Ape will be on your left.  There will be a bicycle rack next to the parking lot of Picnic Area 2.

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

Rock Creek Regional Park

Montgomery County Parks

Montgomery County Visitors Bureau

Meadowside Nature Center

Rockville Town Square

Parks Permit Office - Picnic Shelters

Staying Over

Interested in camping sites in the area?  Check out Little Bennett or The Treehouse Camp.  Please note - upon selecting a link below, you will be re-directed to a page outside of

Little Bennett Campground

The Treehouse Camp

Below are links to hotels in the Rockville area, where you can check availability and book.

Sheraton Rockville Hotel

Hilton Rockville

Gaithersburg Marriott

Crowne Plaza Rockville

Best Western Rockville

Feedback from Rock Creek Park

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 Michael - Treetop Adventure, on 27 September 2015
My wife and I went to the go ape course to celebrate our 6th anniversary. We were greeted by two members of your staff and they were both very enthusiastic about us being there. The training was very thorough. The course was fun and had challenge levels for every user. We have already talked about going to our next adventure at Lums Pond in Delaware.
Rated 5 Bananas Cynthia - Treetop Adventure, on 21 September 2015
This was a company retreat for us and it was a great way for staff to spend time together, test themselves and work with one another. I would recommend it for active office groups. The staff was attentive, professional, personable and made the afternoon fun.Thanks for a great retreat!
Rated 5 Bananas Michelle - Treetop Adventure, on 15 September 2015
We had an amazing time! Our group consisted of 2 baboons and 2 adults. Upon arriving we were greeted by a very nice team member and filled out our paperwork. The safety brief was very detailed and Erica did a great job making sure everyone knew the ins and outs of the course. Once "in the air", the adventure was awesome! The team members on the ground were very encouraging and great cheerleaders if anyone was feeling apprehensive. We definitely cannot wait to go again! Thanks Go Ape for a fantastic adventure!
Rated 5 Bananas Kathryn - Treetop Adventure, on 14 September 2015
We all had a great time! I'm 52, never done anything like this before and not very fit at the moment, and so was afraid I'd hurt myself. But the briefing and trial run made me feel safe and comfortable and I had a blast! I'm not even very sore today! The staff was friendly and enthusiastic and helped make it a positive and fun experience. I would definitely recommend this to others!
Rated 5 Bananas Traci - Treetop Adventure, on 13 September 2015
We had James as our instructor! He was very imformative, interactive and fun! Didn't miss a beat! This was our groups first adventure at Go Ape! And despite the rain we had a great time.
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