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Great easy hike! Pretty views and good picture opportunities.

This combined trail hits several of the special scenic areas in the park. A lot of stairs in one point. you want to enhance the experience and combine the island trail also. If you do the loop counter clockwise you will go down the stairs vs. climbing the stairs.

13 days ago

Beautiful fall hiking trail!

13 days ago

Be sure to go down the steps and up the hill unless you want a challenge

We hiked this trail twice during the last week of October, 2018. The first day was a perfect sunny fall day. Two days later, we hiked on a cloudy day. On Monday, we saw 8 other hikers on the trail. On Wed, with a threat of rain, we didn’t see any other hikers. The fall colors were beautiful both days and the hike was very enjoyable. There are a few places that are pretty rocky, but other places with very few rocks. Most of the trail is fairly level, but there are a few easy hills and one hill that is pretty steep and rocky. You will likely be breathing hard as you climb that hill on the way back to the TH. Most people willing to hike almost 8 miles should be able to handle it OK. The tunnel is neat to see and walk through. I would advise taking a flashlight to help make your way through the tunnel, as there are some rocks that could trip you in the dark. There are several rock formations/bluffs and small holes/caves along the way to view and or explore also. We crossed several dry creek beds on this trail. If you hike this trail in early spring or after heavy rains, these creek beds might have water in them. We hiked in and out on the east loop, as I had read the west loop wasn’t as pretty or worthwhile. There were no bugs or ticks on our late Oct hike and only a few cobwebs. We did search a little while the first day trying to find the trail head. Drive to the spring, but don’t go over the bridge. Take the road that veers slightly to the left. From there it is a short distance to the TH. Great trail!

Really great trail! Easy to follow and the tunnel at the end is worth the hike.

on Hidden Springs Trail

20 days ago

Limited lake views, small family cemetery, carved mushroom stump.

Great view, make sure to go all the way through the tunnel!!

walking
26 days ago

Easy walking trail that allows you to see the water tower and connects you to the other trails. Nice views of the lake and bluff on the opposite side.

walking
26 days ago

Nice walk around the old ruins of the Snyder castle. They have built a new wooden fence to keep you back a little farther since the remaining stone structure is deteriorating. Very scenic showing off the surrounding bluff and the Niangua end of the Lake of the Ozarks.

I only hiked the portion shared by the South loop as I hiked the entire south loop on 10/15/2018. It took me 7 hours with two short stops for about 15 minutes each and one about half way for about 30 minutes for lunch. Not many scenic views but there was such a nice diversity in the terrain. There was nice woodlands to some swampy area to open meadow. Part of the trail was closed and had to detour around.. It had rained the day before and several parts of the trail were muddy.So I am not sure if that was the cause of the detour. The trail was marked pretty good with the red and red/ green blazes. The most enjoyable part and most beautiful portion was that portion where the south and north loops share the trail. I would like to have been able to do the north loop as well to compare both loops.

My all time favorite trail yet! So peaceful so beautiful and I just loved it.

on Lakeview Bend Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful trail

horseback riding
2 months ago

Very rocky, one nice view overlooking the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellently maintained and well marked with a great natural feature to keep you moving forward. I’ll definitely return with my kids next time.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice clean, well maintained trail. May have some issues during heavy rain.

This was a great trail that both my dogs and I enjoyed. The natural bridge at the end was beautiful and fun to walk through. The only downside I found was that it was more heavily trafficked than I tend to enjoy and I had forgotten repellant so I spent about an hour getting seed ticks off of my body. Highly recommend using repellant here!!

trail running
3 months ago

Fun little 2.5 mile trail run. Very well maintained trail, forest groomed, and some decent hills. Some rocks on the trail, but nothing technical. Also have the potential to jump on at least two other trails to stretch you run out. Neat little state park trail on Lake of the Ozarks.

3 months ago

great

hiking
3 months ago

I thought it was really pretty! The lookout point that overlooks the river is well worth it. It’s a fairly easy trail. Narrow, but not too much of an incline. Mostly throw the woods, but there is a pretty field and overlook of the river. Boaters seem to be really friendly. They’ll wave as the boat by.

hiking
3 months ago

One side of the loop trail is stairs (trail head across the street from the camp store) and the other is a gentle slope (same side of street as camp store), which could affect how hard/easy the ascent is back up from the lakeside. Stairs down/slope up is the easiest. The trail is easy, but scenic - with the lake, wildlife (4 whitetail deer that allowed us very close) and quite peaceful on a mid-Sunday. 1.5 hours at a leisurely pace if you stop and take a log of pictures, which we did!

hiking
3 months ago

Returned with a troop of scouts and did the trail.

Not a bad trail. Good walk. Very limited view of the lake, so not that exciting.

Nice view of the lake. Easy trail with some rough terrain.

Beautiful trail, but we walked through a patch of seed ticks. Worth checking out if you’re in the Ozarks

Easy trail with pretty sights. Only warning is WEAR BUG SPRAY. Especially around ankles and such as we were infested with tiny seed ticks after it. Had to pick off ourselves as well as spray our vehicle down. (Or “bomb” it).
UPDATE
We had to be put on antibiotics because of issues with tick diseases.

We just hiked this trail two days ago and really enjoyed the cliff caves, rocky creek beds and tunnel at the end. We took the East trail and it took about 4 hours there and back. However, we all returned with horrible, itching rashes on our ankles despite wearing long pants, heavy socks and bug repellant. I think seed ticks may be the culprit after doing some research as we all had tiny black specs freckling our feet and ankles after hiking. I don't know how to protect oneself from seed ticks but I would certainly look into it before hiking this trail again.

on Castle Trail

3 months ago

Very cool historic site. Surprised that people haven’t defaced the structure at all. Short, simple, and lots of places to rest along the way. Great trail for beginners or history buffs.

There was spider webs everywhere, with spiders all at face level, we didnt make it very far before we had to turn around , the trail was over grown in had parts, and it was not marked very well. it was very disappointing.

hiking
3 months ago

Has some great views not blocked by vegetation. We did encounter 3-4 down trees that blocked the trail and we couldn't hop over without walking off the trail some. Much to our delight, we didn't encounter one tick! Overall I recommend it!

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