Zipline ‘Tours’ are Popular Activities Throughout Missouri
A zipline consists of a cable, stretched between points of different elevations; a pulley, running on that cable; and a harness or bar suspended from the pulley, for attaching a rider. The rider is propelled along the cable by the force of gravity alone, “zipping” from one observation platform to another, through and over the trees, across varied terrain.This is ofter called a zipline "tour."
“This is a completely different experience,” said Emma Hamilton, general manager of Branson Zipline Canopy Tours. “There is no other attraction that comes close to combining ecology and adventure, in a fun activity that is exciting and safe for people of all ages.”
Located in Walnut Shade, seven miles north of Branson, Branson Zipline Canopy Tours introduces visitors to this unique form of outdoor entertainment, on trips ranging from 90 minutes, to multi-platform tours totaling two-and-a-half-hours. Riders travel above the forest, past rugged bluffs, and through the trees. Night tours are offered.
Also in Branson, the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider puts a different aspect on zipping. The Vigilante’s launching point is the open-air deck of Inspiration Tower, 170 feet above the ground, at the Shepherd of the Hills theme park. There are four parallel cables, which carry guests one-half mile across the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills homestead, at speeds reaching 50 mph. The Vigilante is a seated, hands-free ride.
About 20 minutes west of Lebanon, Missouri, NRO Zipline has four zips, between five towers, totaling more than 3,000 feet of cable. During the 30-45 minute adventure, you reach speeds up to 30 mph.
Caveman Zipline, located at Meramec Caverns, in Stanton, allows visitors to soar through the treetops, crossing the Meramec River, on an adventure lasting approximately one hour. It includes three swinging sky-bridges and four zip-rides which vary in length from 200 feet to 1,250 feet, reaching speeds of 50 mph.
Eagle Falls Ranch Zipline Adventure is located in Eminence. Their canopy tours include five zip-line runs, three of which are more than 800 feet long. As you soar thru the trees, you have a bird’s eye view of the Jacks Fork River, ponds, a fountain, and a 60-foot waterfall. Night zipping is available.
In New Florence, you’ll find Eco Zipline Tours. They feature a treetop canopy tour on 10 zip-lines, spanning more than a mile of cables, some as high as 200 feet above the ground. This is a high flying adventure, at speeds up to 40 miles an hour. Shorter distances are available.
In Mine La Motte, a few miles north of Fredericktown, Zip and Dip Zip Line Adventures extends across an old quarry that features water more than 50 feet deep and cliffs up to 50 feet high. There are three zip-lines: two offer a wet landing; one is a dry landing. This is a popular swimming, diving and scuba location.
North of Branson, in Reeds Spring
, Zip Line USA has two options. One involves traversing the treetops on as many as nine cables, about 90 feet above the ground and up to 1,000 feet long. The other includes 15 cables, spanning distances of up to 3,250 feet, and as high as 380 feet above the ground. You navigate swinging bridges and utilize multiple suspended platforms, day and night.
All Zip-line excursions may travel along several cables, platform to platform; they often involve walking on sky-bridges to reach the next starting point. For riders, height and weight restrictions apply.
All zip-lines are operated by trained instructors and guides. All necessary equipment is supplied. Make reservations early, because it is not uncommon for zip-line tours to sell out. These attractions are usually seasonal, so check their website for the months of operation.
Enjoy your Zip!