Soar to new heights

Thrill seekers, nature lovers and adventurers of all ages will enjoy Chestnut Mountain’s Soaring Eagle Zip Line.

The attraction allows guests to see Chestnut Resort and the Mississippi River Valley from a bird’s eye perspective as they glide over scenic views of both Illinois and Iowa.

Guests have the option to ride the zip line single or double occupancy, and riders must be at least 42 inches tall to ride the zip line. The cart has a maximum weight of 450 pounds.

Once properly strapped into the seat by staff, the zip line travels backwards, suspending participants 110 feet in the air. They then soar up to 30 miles per hour over 800 feet to where they began, sailing over the areas that serve as Old Main and the bunny hill during the winter sport season.

The attraction opened to the public last August, and gained much popularity with resort guests.

“It’s something everyone should try,” Rose Chumbler said after experiencing the attraction. Kipp Johnson, another Soaring Eagle Zip line rider, said, “It was awesome, and the view was incredible!”

Along with the Soaring Eagle Zip Line, Chestnut Resort has something for everyone in its warmer months, including their famous alpine slide, Segway tours, Mississippi River Cruises, mini golf, disc golf, and bike rentals.

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