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!

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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.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome first time experience. As a new MO resident I obtained a good amount of local history from the information plaques.

hiking
3 days ago

Narrow stairs but beautiful views.

Beautiful hike! If you love Missouri outdoors then you will like this hike. Nothing about it is boring. There are views, creeks, waterfalls and wildlife all around. We did all 7 miles in about two and a half hours, the signs say it will take six and a half hours but I can’t imagine how. There are parts with steep inclines and declines but overall it an easy to moderate trail that is well maintained and easy to follow. I can’t wait to do it again!

We started here and took it to the spring. Passed the water tower. Boardwalk to well maintained, nice bluff views and view of spring below. Would definitely return

walking
18 days ago

Whew stairs. They arent kidding with over 300...worth it at the bottom to see turquoise water. We didnt walk whole loop just saw a bit of spring then returned up the stairs. A lot of picture opportunities.

18 days ago

Really just an uphill walk to ruins which theyve got fencing around since our last visit. Still cool to see every now and again.

Have your alltrails map out, its not an easy loop. Got off track and ended up at a park. Husband had to walk along bisy road to get truck to come get us! So far our favorite trail. Easy enough for kids as they like to climb and just enough difficulty for parent so its not boring. Lots of huge rock formations, lots of picture opportunities. Will definitely be returning.

hiking
rocky
18 days ago

Not what we had hoped for but stuck it out anyway. Trail that winds through woods. Only a handful of neat rock formations to stop and take pics. Not muddy which we had expected. Unstable gravel the whole way. Some uphill. About half way through the red blazes changed to orange which threw us off, after checking map realized we were still om trail. Not sure of they were just sun faded? We did decide to take the cut through which was very easily marked. The last part of trail was steep downhill slippery. Not sure how anyone could do this reverse. My 8 yo did fine, with cut through we hiked about 5 miles in less than 3 hrs. Good workout. Wouldnt do again ,boring long trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice little hike... met a few hikers, the trail wasn't to bad even with the recent thaw... took pics of the cave and overhangs...

The trail is in great condition. I enjoyed the views and loved the dramatic icicles hanging off the rocks. Muddy right now, but the next few days of sun should help that. It’s not a super long trail, I combined it with others to extend my hike. The park map is helpful for this!

hiking
muddy
26 days ago

Very fun!

Great trail. Even has a cut through that reduces it by around two miles.

This was a great hike!! The trail markers are fantastic. Save your lunch break until you get to the small waterfall about 4 miles in. I will definitely do this Trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail. A little too much pavement and man made sections of the trail for my taste but I would still recommend it. The spring is pretty amazing and there are sections that give history and information about the spring which is nice.

Super cool trail. One of my favorites in Ha Ha Tonka that I have done so far. One of those that I am excited to show and recommend to other people.

1 month ago

Not much of a hike but still nice. The castle is very cool and will visit again.

trail running
1 month ago

Nice trail for running. Pretty scenery...hills, creeks, lake view, meadows.

hiking
1 month ago

nice trail within the park. fun, rugged rock features & spring views

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

This is a nice nature trail that is a spur off of the Turkey Pen Hollow Trail.

walking
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

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