Hoffman Challenge Course

Located just five miles from Cornell's central campus, the Hoffman Challenge Course is our primary challenge course facility and one of the largest collegiate ropes courses in the nation.   

With over 50 low and high element challenges, the range of activities has been selected to cater to groups with diverse goals and abilities. The course is also extensive enough to accommodate groups for several days at a time without exhausting or repeating the available options.

High Elements:

The high elements are challenges situated 20-40 feet above the ground, and navigated individually or in pairs while participants are secured by a belay system. The centerpiece of the facility is a 64-foot high replica of Cornell's McGraw Tower, complete with "tree fort" platform, rappelling stations, a 400-foot double Zipline, and a 40-foot Giant Swing. Other high elements include high Balance Beams, Pamper Poles, a Flying Squirrel, and many others.

Low Elements:

In the wooded areas around the tower are over 30 low elements, a group obstacle course of sorts designed to challenge groups and teams to work together in a variety of ways. Some low activities are physically challenging, but most emphasize teamwork through problem-solving and mutual support. Among the low elements are classic activities such as the Spiders Web and Trust Fall, along with more recently designed elements such as the Whalewatch (a balance platform for groups of up to 25).


The Hoffman Challenge Course also includes two spacious and enchanting yurts that can be used for retreats, workshops, or even overnight trips. These yurts feature solar powered lights and wood burning stoves for the colder months. In the case of inclimate weather, activities can also be moved inside the yurts. Groups must have a program reservation in order to reserve a yurt overnight. 

Directions to the Hoffman Challenge Course