To begin this guided journey, guests are driven to the top of Wolfe Mountain in an authentic Pinzgauer Swiss Military Vehicle. This guided, mostly downhill walking trail will give visitors the opportunity to experience the grandeur of the Ozarks and nature while enjoying a unique perspective of zippers flying by through the tree canopy. During a mid-mountain break, refreshments are served before resuming the exciting journey back to Wolfe Creek Station. numerous photo opportunities are available. Suitable for all sizes and ages. Great for families, nature lovers, or anyone that wants a closer look at our preserve and the ziplines that soar above.
As soon as you set foot onto the trail you’ll know you’re somewhere special. 100-foot tall, 200-year old white oaks are dispersed throughout seemingly endless clusters of ash, oak, and dogwood trees. Gray and red squirrels fling themselves from branch to branch overhead while armadillos, deer, raccoons, and chipmunks mosey through the brush below, foraging for food. Wildflowers spring up alongside the trail and near the creek that slowly trickles through the property. Historic bridges and mining implements are evidence of early settlers, as are the stories and legends that your guide will tell you about the original owners of the property, the Wolfe Family, as you make your way down the trail.
After walking to the mid-point of the trail at a pace comfortable to you, fellow hikers, you, and your guide will take a mid-mountain snack break. Enjoy a refreshing water, energizing snack, and the peaceful sounds of nature during your relaxing break. Along with enjoying the company of your guide and fellow hikers, you’ll also have the chance to meet up with family or friends who opted to take the Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour as they’ll have a break at the same spot as you. The ability to coordinate a meeting midway through our hiking and zip lining tours is a feature of our world class facility that enables family and friends of all ages to share in the beauty of the outdoors together by participating in activities that suit each individuals needs.
Once you’ve rested and enjoyed the company of your fellow hikers and guide, you’ll continue down the mountain to complete the remaining half of the hike. On the way, your guide will continue to share fascinating insight about the ecology of the land, historical stories that pertain to relevant landmarks, and any other information that you’d like to know. In addition to pointing out species such as winged elm trees or box turtles, your guide can point out various points on the trail where the zipline course is easily seen. Watch for friends and family flying through the air, pause to snap photographs of loved ones, or just enjoy the sight of fellow guests soaring through true-blue skies. No matter what day you hike with us, there’s always something to discover!
The tour lasts approximately one and a half hours but we like to think that guests should emulate nature and enjoy the hike at whatever speed they choose. Additionally, time spans of tours can vary depending on whether or not you elect to follow a ziplining tour in order to watch family or friends as they soar through the sky. No matter what your objective is for the hike (spend an afternoon outdoors, provide a fun experience for a child too light to zipline, learn more about the ecology of the Ozarks, etc.) our guides want to provide an outdoor experience that suits you best! Our guides are accommodating, knowledgeable, and always enthusiastic to share the beauty of the property that we’ve taken much care to preserve so that everyone who visits now and in the future can enjoy a world class eco adventure!
The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and is suitable for people of all ages and sizes
• Please call us at 417-693-3337 to schedule your Photo Safari time.
• Tour Details •Ride to top of Wolfe Mountain in a Pinzgauer Swiss Army Troop Carrier •Enjoy a leisurely hike back down the mountain with your experienced guide •Includes a mid-mountain refreshment break •Approximately 1.5 hours, actual time for tour can vary with a variety of factors
• There is no age or weight restriction on the tours, but participants must be able to hike
• Guests should wear casual clothing appropriate for outdoor activity. Closed toe comfortable shoes are suggested.
• Smoking and gum chewing are not allowed on the tour.
• Wildlife should not be fed.
• There are no bathrooms available on the tour.
• Cameras are allowed. This is the only tour at Wolfe Creek Preserve where cameras are allowed.