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Best trails in Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Ha Ha Tonka State Park ranging from 0.6 to 6.7 miles and from 672 to 1,092 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

From dark caves to backcountry hiking trails to castle ruins perched on a cliff, Ha Ha Tonka State Park is the ideal place for the adventurous. Ha Ha Tonka is a geological wonderland: sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge, soaring bluffs, and Missouri's 12th largest spring. More than 15 miles of trail traverse the park, leading visitors to spectacular scenery, natural wonders and the famous castle ruins. Accessible, paved walkways and rugged, rocky trails provide every hiking experience, from a casual boardwalk stroll to an overnight backpack trip. Looming over all is the ruin of the turn-of-the-century stone castle built by a wealthy businessman. The empty shell of this great mansion overlooks Ha Ha Tonka Spring and Lake of the Ozarks from atop a 250-foot bluff. The Ha Ha Tonka Woodland preserves an excellent example of presettlement landscape. Scattered oaks, prairie grasses and wildflowers, open rocky glades and valley woodlands form a woodland mosaic. A seven-mile backpack trail winds through much of this area so visitors can easily explore the woodland. Rugged terrain, beautiful bluffs, dark caves and a castle on a cliff -- bring your camera because Ha Ha Tonka State Park has it all.

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Map of trails in Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Park information
Acreage:
3,709 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
573-346-2986
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Top trails (14)
#1 - Turkey Pen Hollow Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
This trail passes through high quality dolomite glades and woodland plant communities. The area in and around this trail is managed with periodic prescribed fire. The trail goes by a large sinkhole, aShow more
#2 - Devil's Kitchen Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 40 m
The Devil"s Kitchen is natural surface loop trail takes you through dry chert woodland and glades before entering the Devils Kitchen sinkhole which is a small cave shelter. This natural surface loopShow more
#3 - Castle Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 22 m
The Castle trail is an ADA accessible trail leading to the castle ruins and lake overlook. Access to the ruins of a 20th century castle and spectacular views of Lake of the Ozarks make Castle Trail oShow more
#4 - Ha Ha Tonka Island Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 28 m
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 aloShow more
#5 - Spring Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 42 m
The first .40 mile of Spring Trail is paved and accessible to visitors with physical limitations. This section takes hikers along the shoreline of Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. This isShow more
#6 - Dell Rim Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 17 m
Dell Rim trail is a boardwalk leading to the water tower and valley overlook. It is wheel chair accessible to the overlook. Initially Dell Rim Trail goes through a rocky south-facing glade area witShow more
#7 - Colosseum Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 18 m
The Colosseum trail is a natural surface trail that winds under a natural bridge and through a large sinkhole, the Colosseum spans 60 feet, is 100 feet high, and is 70 feet wide. This natural surfaceShow more
#8 - Oak Woodland Interpretive Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
Oak Woodland Interpretive Trail is a paved, 430-foot wheelchair and stroller accessible trail with four interpretive stops. There is an interpretive panel at each stop discussing the use of prescribeShow more
#9 - Deers Leap Hill via Del Tim Trail and Spring Trail
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Deers Leap Hill via Del Tim Trail and Spring Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily uShow more
#10 - Tonka Quarry Trail Green Loop
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Quarry Trail takes visitors through two quarry sites, where sandstone was mined to build the castle, carriage house and water tower. At the trailhead near the castle ruins, the trail passes next to thShow more
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