ASHEBORO, NC – North Carolina Zoo guests will have a unique opportunity to glimpse the zoo from the trees beginning May 27, through the generosity of Randolph Friends of the Zoo. Air Hike, a forest exploration ropes course located in the Zoo’s Africa region between Junction Plaza and the Aviary, allows guests to challenge their physical abilities by safely testing their balancing and climbing skills with a series of 23 obstacles.

Tickets for the Air Hike adventure are $12 and may be purchased at the Air Hike entrance. The course is open daily May through October this year from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with ticket sales ending at 4 p.m.

Air Hike features a trained professional as the guest’s guide for the adventure and guests are asked to closely follow the guide’s instructions and training. Questions are always welcome.

Guests are asked to wear secure shoes. Shoes with either open toe or open heel are not allowed. Storage compartments are available at ticketing as guests will be asked to empty their pockets before beginning the course. Items like cameras, sunglasses, fanny packs and water bottles must be strapped on.  No backpacks or loose items are allowed. Due to the elevated course and full body harness, dresses and skirts are also not allowed.

The Air Hike experience is a fun and exciting addition to the North Carolina Zoo’s iconic status as the world’s largest Zoo and can only be found in Asheboro. Zoofari, an open air bus ride through the Africa grasslands, and the brand new Ocelot habitat just outside the Mangum Desert both opened recently as well.

About the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo provides an experience like no other zoo anywhere. With five miles of exhibits, nearly 2,000 animals and 52,000 plants it is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world and an international leader in wildlife conservation.

Find yourself surrounded by some of Africa’s giants including elephants, rhinos, and giraffes; share the love of gorillas with Mosuba and his six-member troop; welcome polar bear Nikita as he joins Anana in polar plunges every day at their Rocky Coast Exhibit; or join in the fun at the mud café in the Kidzone.

Located in the center of the state in Asheboro, it is convenient to visit from anywhere in North Carolina. The North Carolina Zoo welcomes nearly 750,000 guests each year. Plan your adventure at

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit