Island Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Island Trail is a 0.9 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.

0.9 miles 177 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running








wild flowers



The Island trailhead is the old mill site, accessible from the Spring Trail. This is a rugged loop with scenic rock formations, small cave, spring views. Island Trail starts at the old mill site along Spring Trail. This rugged loop trail takes hikers past Balanced Rock; a large cylinder-shaped dolomite boulder sitting on one end. Walking this trail, hikers will catch two glimpses of old abandoned water pipe. This is all that remains of the pipe that carried water from the mill site to the water tower above. The trail then takes hikers to the confluence of Ha Ha Tonka Spring and Lake of the Ozarks. Following the loop from here, hikers can walk along the spring channel to a small breached dam, where the spring water runs over large boulders. The trail continues to Island Cave, a small, gated, permit entry cave that is located on the north side of the island above the spring channel. For information on entry into Island Cave, visitors should contact the park office. The loop then leads hikers around the rocky east and south sides of the island where they return to Spring Trail. Users can also access White Connectors 3 and 4 to shorten or enhance their hiking experience.

10 days ago

Make sure you get a permit to enter the creepy looking cave! Looked fun to explore!

14 days ago

Great view of the lake from the top, some uneven footing, crowded

2 months ago

Nice trail. Interweaving system of trails that's tough to navigate, even with a map. Saw a copperhead on my last run through the trail which makes me a bit nervous.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Very cool trail. I like to combine trails in This park for a longer hike and the island trail is one of my favorite sections

5 months ago


6 months ago

This trail is fairly short, but paired with the other hikes in the area can be quite strenuous since it's all uphill. The view of the small waterfall and the spring is worth it though.

1 year ago

Actually nice little hike. good variety. I recommend doing this. It is a side trail off the spring trail.