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Explore Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of the most amazing state parks you will find in the Midwest.  The park rests on more than 3,700 acres of rough, hilly, Ozark terrain.  Ha Ha Tonka is a popular destination for hikers looking to enjoy the 15 miles of pristine hiking trails.  The park is easy to navigate with a series of trails and boardwalks.

The park has been referred to as a geological wonderland, with sinkholes, caves, a natural bridge, and one of the largest natural springs in the state, it’s easy to see why.

One of the park’s most popular attractions is the ruins of a turn of the century stone castle.  Construction on the castle began in 1905, but it was destroyed in 1942 by a fire.  Today all that remains are the stone ruins resting on a hilltop overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks.

With so many amazing natural features, Ha Ha Tonka is one state park you will want to visit again and again.

Don’t Miss:  While visiting Ha Ha Tonka, be sure to visit the ruins of the castle.  This area offers breathtaking views of the park as well as a look at history.

Logistic’s:  The park is located on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, approximately 5 miles south of Camdenton Missouri.

Best Time:  Its always a great time to visit the park, however my favorite time to visit is during the fall, when the leaves begin to change color.

Pit Stop:  Every time i’m in the area, I stop into Pepperoni Bills Pizzeria in nearby Camdenton.  Sandwiches, salads, wings and delicious mouth watering pizza.  Pepperoni Bills is one of those places that’s worth a trip from anywhere.

Extended Play: Book a stay at the Tan-Tar-A  Resort, and cool off at the Timberfalls Indoor Waterpark. Located on the Lake Of The Ozarks.

Travel Smart:  When hiking i always suggest bug spray, and sunscreen.  Comfortable shoes are also a must.  I also suggest checking weather conditions before and during your hike, there is nothing worse then getting stuck out on a hike during in climate weather.

29 Comments

  1. I love the park reviews u do! Always showing me new places to visit.

  2. Table Rock is my favorite but Ha Ha Tonka is good too!

  3. Hello. Good stuff, I need to visit

  4. Great place to do some hiking after a weekend on the lake. Beautiful area indeed!

  5. I have been here many times and love the park and trails. The ruins from the old mansion are cool as well.

  6. Beautiful place to hike and enjoy the day.

  7. Beautiful park, but it could be better maintained. The trails are poorly marked and the grass needs mowed. Maybe we just came at a bad time but this place could be a lot better if properly cared for.

  8. Decided to stop by after a day of fishing, great park with lots to see and do.

  9. I love ha ha tonka, the old mansion ruins are so cool.

  10. This place is beautiful, love exploring the trails and the views are wonderful.

  11. We visited over the weekend, the park was alive with all the fall colors. Beautiful place to visit in the fall.

  12. We are hoping to visit this weekend, if the weather holds out. Looks beautiful!

  13. Interesting Post! thanks!

  14. I bet this park is extra beautiful now will all the leaves changing colors.

  15. Missouri has so many beautiful parks, I love it!

  16. We will have to stop by here on our next visit to Lake of the Ozarks.

  17. This reminds me of Maquoketa Caves, what a beautiful park!

  18. I need to get some camping gear and check this place out.

  19. Thanks for sharing all these awesome locations. Missouri hiking is always great!

  20. Last time i went the park had gotten a lot of rain and the trails were a mess. Now that we have some nice weather i want to get out and check it out again.

  21. Great place to camp and hike.

  22. Beautiful pictures of one of my favorite parks!

  23. I would request a bit more info on camping inside the park and even the trails found within. Thank you

  24. Heading here this weekend, hopefully the weather holds.

  25. Where exACTLY IS HA HA tonlka?

  26. We love hiking and camping at ha ha tonka, great place to enjoy this beautiful weather.

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