We’re starting a new series on our blog called “Wolfe Creek Wednesday”. Each Wednesday, we’ll be posting a fun fact, story, or a newsworthy piece of information about Wolfe Creek Preserve that we think you’ll find interesting! Although we’re best known for our world-class zipline course, our beautiful facility is also home to an array of indoor and outdoor activities, rich history, and a natural setting that we take great care to protect. We’re excited to have you join us each Wednesday so we can share more about our mission to make Wolfe Creek Preserve a place where people of all ages can have fun adventures and make lasting memories with loved ones!
By now, you’re probably more than aware of the fact that there are many opportunities at Wolfe Creek Preserve to soar through the trees on any of our exciting zipline canopy tours. What you might be wondering is, how in the world do I get up to the first tower to start my zipline experience? We have many people ask us this question and we love sharing our answer: on our Flying Prospector Canopy Tour, you will traverse a series of sky bridges that make the first zipline tower just a short walk away from the ground! We are proud to say that we have developed an innovative continuous belay system that allows our guests to cross multiple curved bridges without stopping to be transferred through each transition! This continuous belay system was engineered and built specifically for Branson Zipline.
With all of our tours, you’ll ride in one of our Pinzgauer Swiss Military troop carriers to the top of Wolfe mountain, where you’ll receive a safety briefing from one of our enthusiastic, certified, adventurous guides. After that, depending on which canopy tour you take, you’ll either start your tour by climbing only one dozen stairs to the first zipline tower, or by starting off with our series of sky bridges known as the Bridges to Nowhere, which take you from ground level to a tower 65 feet in the air. While you’re walking, the ground will begin to drop off beneath you, exposing breathtaking views of the property below. You will be crossing over Wolfe Creek and depending on the time of the year, it may be brimming full with water and energy or a more docile flow of water or beautifully covered in a soft blanket of snow. Traversing the sky bridges gives you the chance to leisurely take in the incredible views of Wolfe Creek Preserve while scouring the landscape for sightings of baby fawns or armadillos or you can wave to the friends on walking tours below.
As you might know from reading our “Getting to Know Wolfe Creek Preserve” series of blog posts like so many places at Wolfe Creek, there is a story behind the Bridges to Nowhere. The Wolfe family used to own this property and loved it just as much as we do! Their original homestead cabin was built very close to the location of the Bridges to Nowhere, but this was long before the long bridge system and zipline towers were erected. At that time there was a very small bridge that allowed the family and their livestock to cross Wolfe Creek. Depending on the time of the year this could be quite treacherous. After large rains Wolfe Creek would be full to its banks, raging down the hillside. In fact, the small bridge was washed out on several occasions. Eli often dreamed of a huge bridge crossing the creek, much like the long swinging rope bridges crossing deep ravines deep in the rainforests in the stories his father had told him of his travels. So once grown and visiting Wolfe Creek in between one of his many adventures, Eli set out to make this childhood dream reality. Now not many people in these parts are collecting the type of supplies it takes to build a bridge system like this and the neighbors all took notice as large poles were going up and containers were being delivered. The Wolfe family were never too worried about what the neighbors thought and their ways of doing things often lead to questions and rumors. As the Bridges to Nowhere began to take shape people would stop in and admire the magnitude of what was taking shape, many intrigued, never seeing such a sight in person. Though impressed with the concept they each seemed to have the same question, “Eli, where is this bridge going?” They could see the bridges were taking you way out and over Wolfe Creek but there was nothing on the other side to cross over to. In response Eli would just smile and say, “nowhere”. They would just shake their heads and leave him to it. See the thing Eli knew that they did not is its not always about where you were going but the journey to get there. We are inspired by Eli’s innovation and determination to find adventure and memorable experiences throughout his lifetime so we try to offer the same thing to each of our guests who comes to visit.
The number of sky bridges you’ll have the opportunity to cross depends on which zipline adventure you choose to experience. On our popular Flying Prospector Canopy Tour, is the only zipline tour that requires walking up absolutely no stairs to embark on your ziplining adventure, instead you’ll cross seven sky bridges, which makes this tour great for young and old alike! On both the exciting Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour and Canopy Adventure Combo you’ll have the opportunity to cross all ten sky bridges, including the Bridges to Nowhere. There is very little physical exertion required to participate in any of our tours so you are free to just enjoy the ride.
We hope that you’ll come out to Wolfe Creek Preserve today to experience one of our incredible zipline tours! We are open for the upcoming season on March 1st and we could not be more excited to welcome guests back for another year of great memories, family bonding experiences, birthday parties, corporate outings, and any other event that you might be interested in sharing with us! Make your reservations today for any of our zipline tours to experience our one-of-a-kind sky bridges or if walking’s more your style, sign up for a Wolfe Creek Photo Safari and Guided Walking Tour where you’ll embark on a relaxing hike through the property. Also, if you’re interested in gathering a bunch of friends or family for a fun spring break trip or any other event in the future, be sure to give our Sales Manager, Wes a call at (800) 717-0998 and he’ll help you plan the party of your dreams!