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Over land or water, zip lines offer
excitement for the entire family
by Kile Brewer and Alyssa Goodman
ver since Missouri’s first zip line opened at
Eagle Falls Ranch outside Eminence in 2009,
zip lines have been popping up all over the
state, providing Missouri vacationers with a
safe, adrenaline-fueled summer activity they’re not
soon to forget.
While there are now more than a dozen businesses
across the state featuring zip lines, these six are sure
to fill your need for adventure. Each offers a variety
of zipping options.
For more information about Missouri zip lines, visit
www.ziplinerider.com/Missouri_Ziplines.html for a list of
zip lines across the state.
Blue Springs Ranch built its zip line three years
ago to add to the popular resort’s list of family
attractions. With four lines totalling 3,062 feet
and five towers, the park offers an impressive
array of zipping featuring a 946-foot-long line
and a final zip across open water.
The ranch’s zip guides are well trained and
provide every participant with an instructional
session, shown below, before heading to the
woods and flinging themselves off the first tower. This line is relatively popular, seeing about
40-50 guests per day. Zip guide Alex Coorks estimates they’ll see about 10,000 “zippers” by the
end of the summer camping season.
It’s recommended that riders be between
70 and 270 pounds to safely zip. Zip line rates
start at $40 per person with discounts given for
groups of eight or more.
In addition to the zip line, the park, which is
served by Crawford Electric Cooperative offers
horseback riding, floating, camping, fishing and
a number of other activities.
Tucked deep in the woods, Branson Zipline is
open 10 months of the year and attracts people
from across the country. It’s a completely handsfree course that just requires you to sit back and
enjoy as you spend the entire course in the air,
minus one rest stop where you’ll get some water
and a snack and be anxious to get back to zipping. You’ll even get to cross some bridges in the
air between ziplines.
The course promotes a “bonding experience,”
says sales manager Wes Stoner. As you travel one
by one in a group from tower to tower, you gradually learn the story of the Wolfe family that
once lived on the property. “A lot of these folks
don’t know each other, but by the time you’re
done, people are exchanging e-mails.”
One of the lines requires you to start backward as Andy McDonald from Lincoln, Ill., can
be seen doing below.
Served by White River Valley Electric Cooperative, prices at Branson Zipline range from
$69.99 to $99.99 for adults. There’s also the
“Blue Streak Fast Line and Free Fall Express” for
$39.99 on the longest, fastest zip line that finishes with a 100-foot free-fall.
For more information, call Blue Springs Ranch at
1-800-333-8007 or visit the ranch’s website at www.
Tours should be booked in advanced by calling
1-800-712-4654 or by booking online at www.bransonzipline.com.
Mike Seper, president of Eco Zipline Tours, first
experienced zip lines in Maui. He says from then
on, he was hooked, but it took years to make his
dream of his own zip line course a reality.
Seper helped build this unique zip line
through the woods. The course opened in 2010
and is in its fourth summer of operation. It gives
riders the opportunity to stay grounded with
all landings on the ground and most starts, too.
You even have the opportunity to brake yourself
on a couple lines by wearing a brake glove and
gradually pressing down on the line.
Amanda Barringhaus, 17, from Maryland
Heights, is about to take her first step off the zip
line, as seen below. This line starts a few steps in
the air, but it also lands on the ground.
Each line has a unique name, and you learn
some of the history of the names on the tour.
You’ll feel so close to the trees as you zip
through the ravines. Eco Zipline Tours, which is
served by Callaway Electric Cooperative, offers
four- to 10-line tours ranging from $45 to $85 a
For more information, call 314-456-1444 or visit
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Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
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