Ziplines are Popular Family Activities Throughout Missouri
You gotta try this very popular, thrilling ride. A zipline is a steel cable stretched between points of different elevations. The rider – that would be you – is strapped into a harness, seat or bar suspended from pulleys on that cable. The rider “zips” from one observation platform to another, propelled solely by the force of gravity, between the trees and across varied terrain. (This is often 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 at Wolfe Creek Preserve introduces visitors to this unique form of outdoor entertainment. Riders travel above the forest, past rugged bluffs and among the trees. Night tours are offered.
Three miles north of Reeds Spring (30 minutes northwest of Branson), 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 as high as 380 feet above the earth. You navigate swinging bridges and utilize multiple suspended platforms on day and night trips.
Strap Yourself In and Zip
In Branson, Parakeet Pete's Waterfront Zipline at Branson Landing puts a different aspect on zipping. You are strapped into a seat and hoisted backwards from Branson Landing, over Lake Taneycomo to the top of Mount Branson for a "Pete's" eye view. Then, you are released and zip back down to the start platform on the boardwalk.
About 20 minutes west of Lebanon, Missouri, NRO Zipline has four zips, running between five towers, totaling more than 3,000 feet of cable. During the 30-45 minute adventure, you reach speeds up to 30 mph.
Located at Meramec Caverns, just three miles south of I-44 at Stanton, Caveman Zipline, 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. in addition to the world famous cave, a motel, campground and canoe rental are on-site.
Light Speed Ziplines at Cave Spring Park has two courses: a one-zip course with a sky bridge for kids and small adults; and a three-zip course which includes two sky bridges and a tree house ladder. Cave Spring Park offers a number of activities, including cave tours, a mineral and fossil museum, a nature center, gem and fossil panning, and a quarry dig.
On the north shore of the Lake of the Ozarks, about 10 miles west of Highway 54 south of Eldon, Zippy's Ziplines at Turtle Hill Eco-Park has developed three unique zip rides combining amazing lake views with adrenaline-pumping ziplines traveling 2,000 feet. The facilities include picnicking sites with grills and fire pits, playgrounds, horseshoes, ladder golf and hiking trails.
In New Florence, not far off Interstate 70, you find Eco Adventure Ziplines, which features more than one mile of zips, with some experiences reaching heights of up to 250 feet. Families enjoy the Soaring Six option, while those with a thirst for adventure find it on the Treetop Flyer tour. Stay up to date with Eco Adventure Ziplines by following their Facebook page.
Back in Branson, check our Adventure Ziplines of Branson, located in the entertainment district. Zip along seven lines stretching two miles, at speeds reaching 50 mph. Three swinging rope bridges add to the fun. Night zips are offered.
All zipline locations may include several cables of different lengths, platforms in the trees and walking on swinging bridges to reach the next starting point. Age, height and weight restrictions may apply. All ziplines are operated by trained instructors and guides. All necessary equipment is supplied.
Make reservations early!
It is not uncommon for zipline tours to sell out. These attractions are usually seasonal, so check their website for the months of operation.
Enjoy your Zip!