Lakeview Bend Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kaiser, MO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
After driving all day to get here is was a nice trail to stretch our legs on. Took us about an hour as opposed to the 1:30 that was suggested. Hills, rocks, and narrow trails. What's not to like.
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.
Nice walk. Access from Campground. Nice views of the lake.
This loop trail offers an amazing amount of natural community diversity. Towering dolomite bluffs and steep rocky slopes that were the result of the erosive forces of the Grand Glaize River can be found along one section. You will see views of the lake as well as native columbines and ferns. Gentle slopes through native Ozark woodlands are characterized by the other half of this trail. Native white-tailed deer and fox squirrels are frequently seen. Access points can be found in the third and fourth areas of the campground. This trail also provides access to the campground amphitheater.
Overall it's an enjoyable trail. On the narrow side, along with plenty of rocks and uneven trail, it's not just a "casual walk". We took our 10 month old puppy (lab) for a hike through here and she loved it. Much of the trail runs parallel to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There are some great views along the way, and plenty of nature. My AllTrails iPhone app said the elevation changes were around 700 feet. Not sure it's that much, but there are definitely some ups and downs through the trail. I enjoyed it and will be back for more!