The Soaring Eagle: Not Your Average Zipline

At first glance, the Soaring Eagle looks like a standard zipline ride, but then you notice the height. The Soaring Eagle at Chestnut Mountain sits 600 feet above the Mississippi River and is 800 feet long. Read on to prepare yourself for what to expect with this incredible experience.

The first part of the Soaring Eagle is to step on a scale (don’t worry ladies, you don’t see the actual number) since you and your partner need to be under a combined weight of 450 pounds. Once you clear the scale, you sit in the bucket seat where you strap yourself in. Once you’re strapped in, you start moving backwards to the top of the zipline. Chestnut Mountain holds an incredible view itself, but the Soaring Eagle takes it up a notch. It’s a surreal experience being that high and taking in the sight of the entire mountain, as well as the Mississippi River. It’s a view you’ll never forget.

The backwards ride to the peak of the zipline is a thrill in itself and lasts about 30 seconds. If the height alone doesn’t scare you, then the additional fear factor of going backwards and not knowing when you’ve reached that final height above the trees, certainly will. After about 10 seconds of holding you at the peak, you start the progression forward. Speeds pick up close to 30 miles per hour as you race above the trees and mountain.

All said and done, the entire trip lasts about just over a minute and is certainly an experience everyone needs to try at least once. The Soaring Eagle is open year-round (depending on weather) and it’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for a thrilling ride, along with the most incredible view of the region and Mississippi River, the Soaring Eagle at Chestnut Mountain is definitely the place to go.