Hidden Columbus: ZipZone Canopy Tours and Camp Mary Orton
September 13, 2016
Zip lining was originally a method of transportation and cargo delivery in areas with rugged, mountainous terrain. Today it’s a popular activity that challenges both the body and the mind as you take in the world from a new vantage point. At ZipZone, we have 20 acres of lush, utterly gorgeous Ohio Valley forest for you to explore within Central Ohio’s Camp Mary Orton. Our staff is experienced, and committed to the safety and enjoyment of all our guests, promoting a deeply-held philosophy of environmental conservation and non-invasive exploration that fits perfectly with the philosophy of Camp Mary Orton.
Camp Mary Orton History
If you’ve ever been to ZipZone, you probably know that we’re located within Camp Mary Orton. Founded by teacher and Columbus resident Anna Keagle, it was designed as a haven for children to find stimulation, education and recreation. The camp got its start in 1898 when the First Neighborhood Guild was established, establishing the neighborhood’s first library, educational classes, social and community clubs and even a kindergarten.
Just two years later, Henry Godman, who owned the Godman Show Company, made a generous donation that allowed the Guild to expand into a larger facility. Then in 1910, benefactress Annetta Johnson St. Gaudens donated 11 acres of land to create a place for the city’s youths “to love the trees and wildflowers and beasts of the soil.” Camp Johnson, as it was known then, was able to grow thanks to continued support from the Godman Guild. Edward Orton, Jr., an active board member with the Guild, later contributed proceeds from his wife’s estate. The lodge at the camp was built in her honor, and the camp eventually took on her name to become Camp Mary Orton.
Today, Camp Mary Orton has grown to cover 167 acres and offers summer camp activities, community recreation, corporate meeting spaces, and event and wedding facilities. A portion of the proceeds from ZipZone booking fees go toward supporting the great programs they create and provide to our community.
ZipZone Canopy Tours at Camp Mary Orton
Full Moon Zip Lining
Each month we go on a moonlight ride under the stars and through the trees. It’s an exhilarating and popular experience with our customers. Many return for a second or third go!
Forest Discovery Tours
We’ll introduce you to the local environment from a whole new perspective! Anyone can read a book or watch a documentary about wildlife, but with us, you’re right in the thick of things under the canopy!
Freaky Flight Tours
Relax, this is really fun! This is our special Halloween zip line tour in the dark (and we do mean DARK), reveling in the spookiness and giving you a thrill. We also have a costume contest and pumpkin chucking competition, so dress up the family in your favorite scary or superhero garb and come join us!
Make your reservation today, or call us if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see you and show you around!