Getting Out in the Ozarks: Zip-lining

By Jennifer Kielman |

Published 02/13 2014 08:16PM

Updated 02/14 2014 04:51AM

BRANSON, Mo. -- Branson Zipline is nestled off Highway 65 just North of Branson, in the Wolfe Creek Preserve.

"We are an authentic eco-adventure,” says General Manager Emma Hamilton. “This means, we’ve done our best to preserve the environment here."

The zip-lining season is March 1 through December 31.

Never been zip-lining? Just wear close-toed shoes and weather-permitting clothes. They'll provide the helmet, harness and two tour guides.

“We bring people out to let them enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks and have a lot of fun,” says Hamilton.

All of the guides are trained by third-party trainers who come in a spend about a week at Branson Zipline.

Ryan Gdovin has been a zipline guide for three years.

"Definitely the first one is going to be the hardest,” says Gdovin. “Just trusting that gear for the first time. Once they trust it, it tends to get a little easier."

"For participants, all they have to worry about is just sitting in their harness and picking up their feet and just glide down the line,” says Hamilton.

If you're wondering if it feels secure, the answer is yes.

If you're wondering if your stomach sinks to your toes, the answer is no.

“People kind of think it might be an intense situation where they feel their belly drop,” says Hamilton. “It's not like that at all. It's definitely more of a swinging action."

The course is designed to be very low impact with few stairs and little walking.

There are three tours to choose from at Branson Zipline.

"Our third is our most exciting,” says Hamilton. “It gives you a way above the ground experience. It's on this tall cable here. You do a quarter of a mile zipline and a 100-foot freefall. So that's for the thrill seekers out there."

All three range in price, from $39 up to $99 for the longest tour, which will take you up to three hours.

There is no age requirement, only a weight limit from 70-275 pounds.

The folks here say they're always busy, so they recommend reservations. And they do take big parties.

They're also expanding in the near future to involve a zipline across Lake Taneycomo.

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