Looking for Thrills? Zip Through the Air

Rebecca Mennecke |


Considering some other recreational options may be off the table this summer, 2020 may be the year to finally face that fear of heights and give zip lining a try. Just a 90-minute drive from the Chippewa Valley in Dresser is Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area’s Aerial Adventure Park. Harnessed with safety equipment, visitors can zip among more than 100 platforms and other features set atop wooden poles at various heights; the website describes it as “Ewok Village meets Ninja Warrior.” The Aerial Adventure Park features six courses and five levels of difficulty. If that’s not enough above-the-ground action, book a zip line tour, which features six zips, one of which is 1,000 feet long! (For details and booking info, visit Closer to home in Eau Claire, the Soaring Eagle Zip Line at Action City ( takes a pair of seated riders for a 700-foot-long, 130-foot-high ride. Unfortunately, as of early June, it’s currently closed for maintenance.