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Howe Caverns moves above ground with ropes course

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Howe Caverns in Schoharie County is getting ready to unveil the first attraction of their above ground expansion project. Our Megan Cruz tells us what visitors and the county have to gain.

HOWES CAVE, N.Y. -- “You can’t build onto a cave. Therefore, let’s build above ground," said Operations Manager Mark "Sparky" Spalding.

It’s Howe Caverns' plan to bring more people to the popular Schoharie County tourist spot.

“We are very family-oriented," said Spalding. "We want the families to visit, we want the kids participating.”

That’s why the first attraction to open is a ropes course called the Sky Trail.

“It’s made for any age," said Spalding. "If you’re 48 inches and taller, you’re welcome to do it.”

The two-level course has over 25 different obstacles. YNN was invited up for a sneak peak, but as always, safety first.

“We put you on a sliding track and you stay on it during the entire course," said Spalding. "It’s so easy, it’s effortless.”

Now this course is basically a giant jungle gym. It'll take you about 25 to 30 minutes to get through and you're about 30 feet in the air. This is called a cargo net. Trust me, it's as hard as it looks!

Weather permitting, this course will open July 9th. Other attractions to follow this summer are zip lines and a food and entertainment pavilion.

“We projected we’d get a significant amount of people here," said John Lemrey, the President of Howe Caves Development.

An uptick in numbers that would affect more than just the Caverns.

“Ultimately if accommodations were built here, it would have a significant impact on Schoharie County," said Lemrey.

Organizers say the entire expansion project will take three to five more years. For details on what else is to come at the caverns, you can visit their website at ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP