A tour at the Branson Zipline is more than just another activity to check off your vacation itinerary. It’s an all encompassing experience that will be the highlight of your trip.
These zipline tours offer what they like to call a “world class eco-adventure.” Put plainly and simply, you get to have an outdoor adventure at the beautiful Wolfe Creek Preserve while also being a good steward to the environment and making minimal physical impact to the area. This week I had my first world class eco-adventure with the Branson Zipline and I’m already anxious to go back.
Located right off of U.S. Highway 65 between Branson and Springfield (2339 US Hwy. 65, Walnut Shade, MO), the Branson Zipline sits on 33 acres of gorgeous land that encompasses eight different ziplines, 10 sky bridges and a 100-foot free fall.
After pulling into the parking lot, I headed into Wolfe Creek Station, which is the main building on the property. Staff ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time. This gives you time to fill out a waiver, use the restroom and get rid of some of those nerves, if you have them.
The inside of Wolfe Creek Station features an inviting gift shop where you can peruse the wide selection of novelty items, clothing and Amish goods while waiting for your tour to be announced over the loud speaker. Its comfortable atmosphere provides an area for you to relax, pick up a souvenir or two and if nothing else, distract yourself from any fears or worries you might have. You can also step out onto the observation deck where a spectacular view of the Ozark landscape awaits you.
Once my tour departure was announced, I met with one of my guides, Kedron, and followed him out the door and around the back of the building where all the harnesses were stored. There, I met my second tour guide, Korey, who efficiently assisted me in slipping into what felt like ten pounds of gear. While it does add a couple pounds, I felt safer knowing that the equipment meant to keep my body attached to the steel cable lines was pretty beefy.
From there, an off-road Swiss Army Troup Carrier also known as a Pinzgauer picked us up and took us on a bumpy ride up the steep side of Wolfe Mountain. It dropped us off and we made our way to the first tower. Of course as soon as Korey began attaching my harness to the zip line, panic set in and a million questions popped into my head. What happens if I don’t make it all the way across the line to the other platform? Where do I put my hands? How do I brake at the end?
These are things I assumed other people would wonder too and my guides made me feel comfortable enough to ask, so I spouted off a few questions to which Korey responded calmly, assuring me that I would love it. One really nice thing about the Branson Zipline is that it’s a hands free experience so you don’t have to worry about braking, hiking up the mountain or even holding on to your harness while you’re zipping. It’s all taken care of so you just get to sit back and enjoy the wind in your hair! Which is exactly what I did.
After I stepped off that first platform and realized how awesome it felt to carelessly soar through the trees of the Ozark mountains it was all over — I was hooked. My worries and fears seemed to vanish as my guides led me from tower to tower, over suspension bridges and across zip lines, seamlessly connecting the network of cables that had me weaving through the trees like a pro.
Even with all the amazing different aspects of my eco-experience, the highlight of my tour had to be my guides. They made the experience so much more enjoyable with their encouragement, interesting stories and lighthearted banter. You should feel comfortable to ask them any questions you might have throughout the tour because they are more than willing to answer them.
The Branson Zipline is a one-of-a-kind adventure that allows you to safely challenge yourself, face your fears, strengthen family bonds and create memories that will last a lifetime. So next time you’re in Branson, stop by and check it out for yourself. Let me know what you think!
For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/BransonZiplineandCanopyTours.cfm.
What makes the Branson Zipline different from others? The Branson Zipline is themed, with continuous stories at each tower throughout your tour. You’ll learn about the history of the property and the family that inhabited it back in the 1800’s. The family had a strong relationship with the Amish, which is why you’ll see several Amish-constructed structures on the property as well as Amish goods in the gift shop.
Is it safe? Yes, very! Guides are certified by the ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) and participate in a four day training course and shadowing. The course is inspected daily by staff and twice a year by a third party and the ziplines are replaced every year.
Is there something on the property for me to do if I don’t want to zipline? You can opt out of ziplining and choose the Wolfe Creek Photo Safari Guided Walking Tour instead. A Pinzgauer will take you to the top of the mountain and you’ll hike your way back down the mountain at your own comfortable pace. Your guide who will share historical and environmental facts about your surroundings on the way back down.
Can I zipline at any time of the day? Yes. You can zipline during the day with a variety of tour options or at night with the exciting Xplorer In The Dark tour that allows you to speed through the trees in the cover of darkness.
Are there age limits or weight restrictions? The Branson Zipline is great for all ages. Zipliners must fall within the weight bracket of 70-275 lbs.
What do I wear? Comfortable, athletic clothing and closed-toed shoes.