Boulder Ridge Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, MO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
On this trail, you will pass through an area of large lichen boulders along a ridge. Enjoy several views of Lake of the Ozarks and pass through Oak Woodlands, rocky acres and a large area of huge sandstone boulders. Red blazes. Can be confusing at times as it crosses with other trails. Boulder Ridge Trail is a gravel surface trail that makes a loop around the long narrow ridge top southwest of the lake parking lot. The initial section of trail travels in a counterclockwise direction passing through oak woodland until a rocky area is encountered. At this point, the trail goes off to the right, down the slope to a county road. After crossing the county road, walk up an old roadbed making a left turn up stone steps to a loop section of this trail. Walk this loop in a clockwise direction. Hikers will travel through a rocky woodland area before a large area of huge sandstone boulders, bluffs and shelves encompass the trail. The trail passes through this area of large lichen-covered boulders along the ridge. Going through this area is tricky after leaf fall because leaves can obscure the trail and fill in deep voids between the rocks. Watch your footing and follow the red blazes to stay on the trail. The final segment of trail affords several views of Lake of the Ozarks. Eventually, hikers will return to the start of the loop, where they will return to the old road bed, then cross back over the county road.
Fun little loop. Offers various terrain changes. Wish it was longer and a little farther from the beaten path.
The trail is accessed off of the Spring Trail. It loops around a hill top. It has a number of rock formations. typical ozark hill country.
This easy short trail is so wonderful in any season. Kid/Family friendly with wonderful views of Ha Ha Tonka 'Castle' up above. Eagles up in the clifs and the 'island' trail are a plus.