This is one of the nicer state parks I have visited. It is far less crowded and more natural than many of the areas around Lake of the Ozarks, which (in my opinion) have been commercialized to death.
The ruined castle is the centerpiece, and rightfully so. As you stand looking at the smoke-stained walls and realize how big the house was, and how big the window spaces are, it is breathtaking. Then there are the views from the overlooks, the kind the owner might once have enjoyed. You can see straight down to the spring and farther on, the lake.
It's possible to get to the bottom from the castle, but only by a mind-boggling series of steps that you would then have to clamber back up. Not these knees! We chose to drive the short distance around to the Natural Arch. The trail to that is unpaved and bumpy with rocks and roots but well worth it.
There are more trails, as well, plenty of places for a little picnic, and a friendly ranger in the visitor center.
This is a little gem that shouldn't be missed.
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