Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Imposing architecture and breathtaking scenery combine to make Ha Ha Tonka State Park one of Missouri’s most treasured spots. Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, the park features the stone ruins of a turn-of-the-20th-century castle built by a prominent Kansas City businessman high atop a bluff. More than 15 miles of trails traverse the park, leading visitors to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and down to the lake.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • rkh32018
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park
    My husband and I really enjoyed exploring Ha Ha Tonka State Park. We started at the visitors center to use their flush toilets and get a free map. My husband has knee problems so the ranger pointed out three places to park and see the sites. Our first visit was the Natural Arch. Our second visit was the Castle. Our third visit took us to the beach where we used the wooden trail to see the spring. All three were worth-while visits. We did try another trail off of the Castle area and went about a mile in. Unfortunately to get to the spring there were lots and lots of steps so we decided to turn around. I would recommend a visit here for anybody who was coming to the Lake of the Ozarks.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Diane Elam
    Columbia, Missouri111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit State Park
    Ha Ha Tonka is a must see when in the lake area. It is a short drive from Osage Beach and provides beautiful views a different part of the lake. While it is a short hike from the main parking lot it is a fairly steep one that is mostly up hill. However the views at the top are worth it and the castle ruins are cool to see.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Traveler918
    West Des Moines, Iowa231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see in the Lake of the Ozarks
    If you love nature and you also love ruins, Ha Ha Tonka is indeed your happy place. Take the short walk to the ruins of a castle (started by a Kansas City businessman in the early 1900s) or hike to one of many other destinations. Be sure to see the spring below the castle, accessible either by a long hike or by driving/parking lot/accessible walkway.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
  • meeta4
    533 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See!
    We went here twice to hike. Loved the castle! We walked several of the trails and loved the views! We did the Castle Trail, Colosseum Trail, Saw the Natural Bridge, Did the Spring Trail and the Devils Kitchen trail over two visits. My husband also did the Island Trail. Loved the whole place!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
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msnyder79
Burlington, IA99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were on,y there to go to the castle but it was a great stop to get some fresh air. It wasn’t too far from the army base which was good. The park was absolutely beautiful and the hike was a great moderate hike. We went up to the castle and then also went down by the lake. The trail we took had lots of stairs but the end was a cool cold spring connecting to the warm lake. Wish we would’ve known before we cameso we could’ve brought swimming suits. Highly recommend it. Definitely worth the trek
Written January 26, 2020
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Mary L
Iowa City, IA30 contributions
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Jul 2022 • Family
Fun to hike but bring water!! We did the Colosseum trail (pretty natural bridge) to the Spring trail - make sure you hike the Spring trail counterclockwise! 300+ stairs going DOWN is much better. Great view of the springs. Trails well maintained, but they are rocky. All Trails App has good maps really helps navigate and plan. The bottom of the spring trail has a nice flat surface and boardwalk. Take the Island Trail from here - rocky in spots, but beautiful! One end of the trial has a small rapids you can put your feet in and wade a bit (it’s cold!!). The other end meets up with the warm lake water. Some people love to swim around here and we heard it gets really busy during the weekends and boats pull up here. When hiking back, follow the rest of the Spring trail to the Colosseum Trail the other way to loop back to the parking. We spent about 3 hours here, but there is still more to explore!
Written July 13, 2022
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS4,043 contributions
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Sep 2020 • Family
We had a wonderful day trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park. It is a beautifully maintained and operated State Park. There is a small Visitors Center where you can get all of the information that you need for camping, fishing, swimming, and hiking. For our day trip, we enjoyed the hikes around the stone castle ruins. A series of trails leads you through amazing natural beauty. Natural bridge trail, springs, clear green waters, an old mill and 316 wooden steps leads you through a breathtaking outdoor adventure. We never miss hiking at Ha Ha Tonka State Park when we are visiting the Lake of the Ozarks area.
Written September 7, 2020
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Amy R
Saint Louis, MO141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
The trails were well marked and easy to follow. Be sure to stop by the visitors center to get a map. Our family with children ages 6 through 18 years went on the paved Castle trail to see the castle remains which were really neat. You cannot walk through them but you can walk around and up close to them. There are also amazing lookouts of the Lake of the Ozarks on this trail. We also went on the Quarry Trail which was about 1.75 miles long. Be sure to wear hiking/waterproof boots as this is a rocky and muddy trail with some standing water after it has rained. There are 13 trails mostly under 2 miles. The Turkey Pen Hollow trail is the longest trail at 6.5 miles. The trail bathrooms were not pleasant so use the restroom before you go.
Written March 26, 2023
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Mjd567
Bloomington, MN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We took our 11 year old son and 14 year old daughter to Ha Ha Tonka State Park while visiting Lake of the Ozarks. They may have enjoyed it more than being on the lake! Despite oppressive heat, we visited the castle ruins, natural bridge, and the spring. All are don’t miss sights. The kids were off their phones and even talked with us and each other. Remember to bring plenty of water, especially if it is warm. The paths are rugged and our son did trip and fall - he got a little excited and was running and caught his foot on a tree root which there are plenty of on some paths. Ended up with a pretty badly skinned elbow and it could have been worse. So do be cautious - while there are many easy paths and boardwalks some paths are more rugged and require your attention. Always good to bring a first aid kit or at least have one in the car just in case.
Written August 10, 2021
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Located near by the Lake of the Ozarks, Ha Ha Tonka Park is easy to get to. There are several places to start, but we parked in the lot below the castle ruins. After viewing the ruins, we walk past the water tower, down under the natural bridge, and took the stairs down to the spring, then grabbing the white connector trail back to the blue trail, which connected back to the parking lot. It was a beautiful day and the hikes weren’t that strenuous, recommended
Written November 26, 2021
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ozbound08
Texas361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
What a fantastic find! Many different trails, some lead into each other. We went to the castle; slightly uphill, but on a paved path and many people of varied ages and abilities were visiting. You cannot get all the way up to the castle (looks as though it used to be paved along the perimeter) We also hiked the Colosseum trail, the Spring trail and to the water tower (Many steps up). The natural bridge was a beautiful sight but it was a little strenuous on the full loop, rocky and uneven in places. Beautiful views from various points. Kayaks available for rental & people were fishing. NO entrance fee!! Small visitor area upon arrival. Picnic areas throughout the park. Wonderful stop!!
Written April 7, 2021
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Crosswinds Hideaway
Lake Ozark, MO18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Spent the day here with the family back in November. We got lucky it was in the mid-60s; it was the perfect sunny day to visit this park. We stayed for about 3 hours, and it seemed like we covered a lot of ground. We did the trail with the land bridge. Then, drove up to castle; it has an awesome lookout view. You can see why someone spent the time and effort to build a castle up there. Next, we hike down to spring. The water was super pretty a turquoise like you see in the Caribbean. Overall, all of us had had a great day and hope to return this summer.
Written May 5, 2022
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JanetWoo
Hobart, IN106 contributions
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Jun 2020
We went on a weekday afternoon so I could see the ruins of the mansion on the hill there ("the castle"). I had called earlier to see how much walking I would have to do, since I have bad knees, and was told by the ranger that there were 2 parking lots, one with paved paths, which was perfect. It was a sunny day, but I had a parasol and mostly the path was under tree cover. The views to the Castle (the former home of a wealthy guy from St. Louis which burned decades ago) and of the Castle were really good. Lots of photo ops, and lots of nature. I felt the information on him were scanty, and also felt sad that the water tower had been the victim of arson, but I couldn't have made it up the stairs to see if anyway, so just took photos from a distance. We tried to do more of the park, and there were lots of families and couples there, so it was nice to see people out and about after the Covid business. Great place to take a dog or kids, but would be hard to have a large group of kids avoid crawling under the barriers. We saw some teens in the house ruins, which is not allowed, but most of it looks pretty stable. Wish there had been a gift shop where I could have gotten a book of pictures on how it all looked before it burned... Still, a nice day out.
Written June 28, 2020
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DrSteve93
Springfield, MO131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Wow! I’ve lived in MO most of my life and never have been here. Enjoyed the hiking trails in the morning on two consecutive days before heading back to the Lake. Very pleasant and enjoyable. Hiked to the spring, the natural bridge, the old mill, the old post office and the castle ruins. Great exercise and a great view of natural Missouri. Highly recommend. No cost. High value!
Written July 27, 2020
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