Public Tree Climb

Public Tree Climbing in Willie the Willow Oak at Blackwood Farm Park. We provide all the gear you need to safely get into the canopy for an unforgettable experience. Climbers need to be 6 years old or older to participate.

Three time slots: 10am, 11am, 1pm

Here is our cancellation and rain policy:

If you need to reschedule or cancel your climb, you can do so up to a week before the climb at no cost. If you need to cancel or reschedule between 1 and 6 days before the climb, half of the cost of the climb will be refunded. Sorry, we can’t provide a refund for no-shows or day-of-climb cancellations.

If I cancel the climb due to inclement weather or other reason, I will do everything I can to reschedule you for another climb that works in your schedule so that you don’t miss out on a great opportunity. If we can’t find a time to reschedule you, then we will give you a full refund. We will generally climb in a light rain if it is not also too cold, but climbs will be cancelled for heavy rain or if thunder is heard.

Click here to read a copy of the waiver that each climber or their parent/guardian must sign in order to climb.

We also offer Private Climb Experiences for individuals, birthday parties, groups, schools, businesses – anyone who wants to climb!  Contact Patrick if you’d like to order Gift Certificates for your favorite tree climber!

There are 3 trees where we hold most of our climbs.  Get to know each one of our magnificent climbing trees below:

“Willie” the Willow Oak.  Willie has been watching over the happenings on the Blackwood Farm just south of the village of Hillsborough for at least 100 years.  He stands between two large farm fields and from his crown climbers can see old hay fields, wooded rolling hills, the family lake, and the historic farm buildings.  The old carriage road between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill used to run right in front of Willie.  A few years back the Blackwood Family gave the homestead to the town of Hillsborough for a park which has aptly been named Blackwood Farm Park.  It’s fun for me to wonder how many Blackwood family kids and grandkids have scampered around in Willie’s arms.

Willie’s Stats:
Genus and Species: Quercus phellos
Height: 85 feet tall
Average Crown Spread: 82 feet
Trunk Circumference: 11 feet, 5 inches
Address: 4215 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Willie in Google Maps’ Satellite View


Sep 07 2019


10:00 am - 2:00 pm



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Blackwood Farm Park


Blackwood Farm Park
4215 NC 86 S, Hillsborough, NC 27278
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