Open Climbs

These fun climbs are held at David Henry Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary in Watkinsville, Georgia throughout the year from 3:30pm- 5:00pm, unless stated otherwise. The address is 1110 Old Greensboro Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677. It’s just about 2 miles from downtown Watkinsville, just off Hwy 15, and is a gem of a location! This is a great opportunity to experience recreational tree climbing for a low price without having to invest in all the equipment and training. Sorry, but we do not accept groups for this climb. Please review opportunities for organized group climbs by contacting us.

2018 Open Climb Dates are:

  • January 20 – Saturday – 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • February 24 – Saturday – 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • April 15 – Sunday – 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • August 12 – Sunday – 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • November 18 – Sunday – 3:30pm-5:00pm

We will meet at the Lazarus tree. There will be signs for parking. Typically parking is by the lake unless otherwise indicated. When you enter the sanctuary, bear left at the fork. You will see a roped off section in front of the lake for parking (if needed, there will be more parking to the left). You can walk on the bridge to the pavilion. From there, you will see the bathroom facility, a short walk away, toward the entrance. A little further of a walk is the tree, from which you will see ropes dangling, awaiting eager climbers.

These climbs are open to the general public, and while preregistration is recommended, you can also show up and climb (if the event is not already full). Cost is $30 per climber. Equipment and training is provided, no prior skills are necessary. It is recommended to bring gloves for your hands and wear tennis shoes or boots (no flip-flops). It’s always helpful to be prepared for weather and dress in layers!

To preregister, send an email with your contact information or call/text Naomi at 706-804-2551. You can scroll down to the payment button for prepay for an Open Climb. Credit card payments are subject to a 3% merchant processing fee. Check and cash are also accepted by mail or on site. Checks made payable to WildRice Adventures, mailed to:

WildRice Adventures
P.O. Box 757
Watkinsville, GA 30677

ropes ready for the climb to start

Come ready to experience an awesome adventure!