dogs on leash
Enjoy the solitude of an undeveloped cove, hidden along the shorelines of one of Missouri's largest lakes, Lake of the Ozarks. The 17,626-acre Lake of the Ozarks State Park offers this opportunity, along with a variety of recreational activities on the lake or on shore. On shore, hikers, backpackers, equestrians and bicyclists can use one of 12 trails that wind through oak-hickory forests and sunny glades and offer bluff-top views of the lake. Or visitors can take a guided tour of Ozark Caverns, best known for a formation of stalactites and waterfalls known as "Angels' Showers." Water enthusiasts can make use of the park's two swimming beaches or rent a boat at one of the park's marinas. Necessary supplies for a day of fishing or fun on the water can be found in the park stores. Year-round accommodations for overnight guests include more than 230 shaded campsites, ranging from primitive to those with electric hookups. Campground amenities include modern restrooms and laundry facilities. Eight camper cabins offer a rustic lodging experience. Lake of the Ozarks State Park's natural beauty remains untouched, yet visitors are just minutes away from shopping, restaurants and a variety of entertainment options.
We thoroughly enjoyed walking this trail. The various creeks were beautiful and the old stone bridge was a perfect place to take pictures. We saw various types of woodland scenery, an old cemetery, and the old quarry. The terrain was rocky and uneven, but that is why it's marked moderate. If you are sure footed and in decent shape, you won't have any problem with this trail.
We chose to hike the Lake View trail. The hike starts in the campground and encircles the campground. Easy trail but hard to find the trail head. Drive past the airport, look for the campground entrance the trail starts at the campground's check in booth. I suggest taking the north entry the south entry is a confused mess. Took about an hour to hike.
The highlight was the ozark caverns at the end of the trail off to the left of the visitor center. Sucks you couldn't go through it, but while at the opening of the cave we saw a huge blue racer on the other side of the creek. Fun decent trail with bridges and wooden walkways. Watch out for poison oak/sumac!
I hiked the North Loop of this trail. It was very easy to navigate with the green blaze markers. There is a fantastic variety of terrain. The trail is very rocky in places but runs through several meadows and crosses creeks. I was able to complete it in just over 2 hours. Absolutely beautiful!
Yalaka H. on Hidden Springs Trail
So beautiful. A must, trail.
Sharon S. on Squaw's Revenge Trail
Trail starts at horse stables and is an easy walk thru oak forest to views of the Lake. My 2 sisters and I hiked it in April when many Dogwoods were in bloom.
This was a very short, easy hike. The only difficulty was trying to stay on my feet due to a thick ground cover of fallen leaves. Even during this Fall day views of the Lake, although it could be seen, were still somewhat obscure due to the thick tree cover. There were several areas where you can "exit" the trail and walk down to the lake's edge, which provided beautiful panoramic views. They weren't as plentiful as other Lake of the Ozark hikes.
We did this very easy hike Nov 2015. The overlooks to the lake were beautiful. We also found ourselves less than ten feet away from five large buzzards/vultures/not really sure. They were beautiful, not what one would imagine when confronted with scavenger birds. The trail was, obviously since it was fall, covered in a thick carpet of leaves. There was also copious amounts of horse poo. Walk carefully. Overall, a fun, easy hike for a brisk fall day.
Natalie C. on Lake Trail
It was fun! Lots of good variance in terrain and a beautiful view!
Gorgeous in the spring with a sea of dogwoods in bloom. Very quiet and pristine. This trail goes up and down several hills with rocky terrain. No man-made structures or signs, just blue trail tags. Trail crosses several dry creek beds that might be a challenge in the rainy season. The hilly parts of the trail are pretty washed out so it was a bit like climbing the hill in a ditch. We had to climb over a few fallen trees but that also meant there was an occasional spot to rest and enjoy the birdsong.
This trail is always a challenge, with plenty of elevation change. It is reasonably well-maintained but some parts are very rough due to equestrian use. The trail travels through the standard Missouri oak and hickory forests and a small part of the trail runs along the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks.