Rural Missouri - August 2013 - (Page 22)

High-Flying Fun Over land or water, zip lines offer excitement for the entire family E 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 for a list of zip lines across the state. Blue Springs Ranch Zipline Branson Zipline Bourbon 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 22 Branson WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP Eco Zipline Tours New Florence 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 person. For more information, call 314-456-1444 or visit http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - August 2013

Rural Missouri - August 2013
Table of Contents
Hideout heaven
Mining a lead-lined history
Adrenaline adventures
Out of the Way Eats
High-flying fun
Hearth and Home
Blood-stained dawn
Swarm chasers
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - August 2013