Explore the most popular camping trails in Ha Ha Tonka State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
25 days ago

I combined this trail with the castle/island/boat/quarry trails to make it a little more substantial... ended up around 5.5 miles. Lots of variety of scenery - springs, streams, rock walls, quarry ledges, and the castle. Nice little jaunt.

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.

1 month ago

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

We hiked the Colosseum Trail/Natural Tunnel on our way to the Spring Trail. Be aware that the climb out of the sinkhole area does require a steep, rocky climb that I would describe as rugged. From there we got on the Spring Trail and went “down” the stairs before making our way to the Island Trail, around the other side of the Spring Trail loop and back to the parking area nearest the Colosseum. The far western part of the Spring Trail also has a steep rocky, rugged section. We hiked the Castle Trail, Quarry Trail, Lake Trail, Colosseum Trail, Spring Trail, and part of the Island Trail on Oct 24. That was around 6 miles total. Most of the hike on these trails could be described as moderate, but there are some rugged areas, so be aware of that. The fall colors were near peak and very pretty. Great hike and a good work-out!

walking
1 month ago

The Natural Bridge is a cool feature of Ha Ha Tonka State Park and something you don’t want to miss. Take some time to explore this interesting area and continue on for the rest of the trail.

Nice tour of the old carriage house and castle with signs that explain the surrounding area.

walking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail that takes you by the quarries and shows you a little history and background on the construction of the castle.

walking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Oct. 21, 2018-Just an incredible trail at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Load up my recording to get a blow by blow coverage of this hike with pictures. I really enjoyed this hike with the varied terrain and different features including the panoramic views of the valleys, several streams, the rock formations in the lower part of the area, and the excellent camping areas as well. I camped in the B campsite which is the primary backpacking camp site. It is a large area and will hold about 7 to 8, 2-person, tents and is situated next to a creek bed which was dry this time of the year. The trail was well-maintained, and also was well marked. Even though this was not the peak weekend for the fall colors for the different tree varieties, it was still beautiful to see some of them finally showing off their colors. It’s a scenic, easy, trail and one that I will definitely do again.

Awesome trail. I had a late start so I did the loop clockwise and hung a hammock at the backpack campground which was a good low laying spot in between hills next to a creek bed. Finished the loop the next day which had some really cool features and scenery.

we have tried this trail twice with our kids and get a bit confused after we cross mail road and follow it up to park area. we have no idea where to go from there and we even asked a park ranger, who said he cuts the grass on trail, and said it's not a loop but in order to go back to parking lot, you have to walk same route back?

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike! We went the counter clockwise route which is the way most hikers go if you want a nice morning hike out. First part was harder than the second half due to the humidity and heat of the day we hiked in. Was only a 5 mile hike to the campsite and the seasonal stream was running was nice. My only complaint was the chiggers or oak mites were bad!

hiking
3 months ago

Great view of the lake towards the middle of the trail. It's not blazed very well at all. Almost felt lost for the majority of it. Still worth it, just make sure you take a park map with you.

3 months ago

great

The trail was well marked with easy access to the trailhead. There are plenty of trail maps but no bathrooms. The trail is very rocky and narrow making the rating of “moderate” accurate. My two children got excited for a bench at about two miles. They sat down only to realize a minute later that they were COVERED in termites! My five year old was in pure horror! We tried to finish the loop with the shortcut but after a quarter of a mile farther, we decided it was best to turn around. After returning back to the car and fully stripping their clothes, we also found three ticks on my husband and daughter. Heads up that this is not a young kid friendly hike. I wish we would’ve have gotten a chance to see the entire trail and what it has to offer. I gave it three stars because I’m sure it’s a good trial for others, but I wish I’d known it wasn’t for my family. Oh well, you live and you learn.

hiking
4 months ago

returned and did the trail with the boy scouts. One of the few natural tunnels in the state.

hiking
4 months ago

Returned with a troop of scouts and did the trail.

on Quarry Loop Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike after seeing the castle. Would be a cool trail for photographers looking for interesting natural formations.

on Castle Trail

4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Short interpretive trail with signs posted on different tree species on the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

The actual trail is 1.5 miles. Using the map for this app adds another half mile of the Spring Trail before you reach the trailhead. Going counterclockwise at the loop, the trail passes through a tunnel of trees until it loops back at the point where there are some views of the lake. The trail then passes through a boulder field and is rugged for the remainder of the trail. We met a ham radio operator along this part of the trail with an antennae in a tree who was contacting people in different states using Morse code, which was cool.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail passes through the woods and a glade before descending to a paved path that leads to the spring. After the spring there is a set of 216 stairs that will give you a heck of a workout. The trail then loops back to where it started.

on Devil's Kitchen Trail

hiking
4 months ago

We actually hiked portions of Devil’s Kitchen, Colosseum, Castle and Spring trails. The Ranger tied them all together in a loop (see photo) with one short distance reversal, totally around 4 mi and we did it in less than 2 hours with photos and a few breath-catching stops during/after the 300+ stairs. It was a great way to see the various features of the park, but overall, I think we liked the Devil’s Kitchen portion slightly better because it was denser and very little traffic. Very nice hiking, possibly 5 stars for our home state of MO but we reserve our 5 star ratings for awesome national parks. :)

hiking
5 months ago

Did this trail after we finished a shorter trail in the morning. Good solid footing with a few vertical climbs. Natural rock formations thru out with some very large boulders. Trees carrying lots of foliage so difficult to see lake at the midway point. My friend Kevin unfortunately carried out a soda can and plastic water bottle along with some small trash items he found along trail. Thanks Kevin.

5 months ago

Awesome trail's. Breathtaking beauty all around the Castle and the trails.

Nice walk

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful, relatively short hike with one steep ascent. Some slippery rocks, but mostly easy stairs in good condition. Great scenery. One gets to see the beautiful turquoise water of the spring up close and later from above as the trail ascends.
Take it easy or climb the part of the trail with stairs a few times for extra exercise :)

hiking
5 months ago

The trail was very hard to follow at times; but was very beautiful. When I hiked a mother deer and her fawn were in the trail, it was so cool.

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