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Enjoy the solitude of an undeveloped cove, hidden along the shorelines of one of Missouri's largest lakes, Lake of the Ozarks. The 17,626-acre Lake of the Ozarks State Park offers this opportunity, along with a variety of recreational activities on the lake or on shore. On shore, hikers, backpackers, equestrians and bicyclists can use one of 12 trails that wind through oak-hickory forests and sunny glades and offer bluff-top views of the lake. Or visitors can take a guided tour of Ozark Caverns, best known for a formation of stalactites and waterfalls known as "Angels' Showers." Water enthusiasts can make use of the park's two swimming beaches or rent a boat at one of the park's marinas. Necessary supplies for a day of fishing or fun on the water can be found in the park stores. Year-round accommodations for overnight guests include more than 230 shaded campsites, ranging from primitive to those with electric hookups. Campground amenities include modern restrooms and laundry facilities. Eight camper cabins offer a rustic lodging experience. Lake of the Ozarks State Park's natural beauty remains untouched, yet visitors are just minutes away from shopping, restaurants and a variety of entertainment options.

Great trail . Easily accessible, well-maintained And beautiful views. Perfect for a short hike or even a run.

The quarry part is kind of neat to see! Nice, easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail along the lake and woods. Pet friendly but I wouldn't recommend it for small children, narrow in places with bluff on one side & steep decline to river on other side. Lots of birds, saw a hawk carrying dinner away. White pelicans on the lake--more than 50! Terns, herons, chickadees, large woodpecker, blue jays, and more

trail running
2 months ago

great running trails. All three loops equal about 13.2 miles with around 900 ft of gain total. no steep climbs. lots of roots, rocks, and a few small water crossings.

Went this morning with husband and dogs. Great trail. I loved all the changing sceneries. It went from woodlands, to creek beds, to meadows, to rock quarry’s, and then pinky pathways. Very beautiful and it was pretty well maintained and the trails were marked and easy to find.

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained trail. It's a beautiful fall hike; vibrant colors and great view of lake along the bluffs. Only saw one other hiker so it feels like a hidden gem. Provides a great break from all the bustle of main street just minutes away.

Saw 2 bucks down in the valley!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for active kids and their parents. Nine year old handled the rocky terrain without a problem. Great views of the lake.

on Coakley Hollow Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Short, pretty hike. We did it in under 30 minutes.

hiking
5 months ago

I only completed about an hour of the trail. I will definitely head back and complete the entire thing sometime.

hiking
5 months ago

The 2nd loop overlook on the trail is worth it to see such a great view of the lake. At the end of the trail was a small meadow you go through before entering the parking lot. The meadow was my favorite part of the trail.

Great, quick trail, great place to take a break from a long road trip. Close to the highway and restaurants, but quiet and serene. Beautiful views of lake, lovely walk through forest and grassland. Slightly slippery in parts. Swimming area close by.

6 months ago

Terrible. It was the worst hike I ever had, the hike from hell. Expect to wander through thick brush, a lot of spiders, no clear path at all. The best part- chiggers all over our bodies, in our shoes, and then infesting our car.

scenic views, easy hike

Cool bridges and a cave.

on Rocky Top Trail

hiking
6 months ago

good family hike with nice views at overlook and back down to the lake edge on second loop. a little rocky throughout, so watch your step.

The trail was easy to follow, but the view of the lake was absolutely horrible, blocked by trees. The whole trail was sandy, and covered in horse poop and giant spider webs. We had to get sticks to wave in front of us, because of how many times we were hit right in the face by a cob web accompanied by a spider. Maybe a better trail to do in the winter, when spiders are dead, and it isn't too hot. We went in mid-July.

Trails are overgrown and I was covered in ticks at the end of it. Tiny ones.

Very poorly maintained- lots of climbing over fallen trees. Blue markers were easy to spot at the beginning but grew further and further apart. All of the creek beds are bone dry.

trail running
8 months ago

Nice terrain for trail running but not recommended if you're an early morning runner. The trail is narrow through much of the wooded area, and as the likely first visitor of the day, I spent half of the time clearing cobwebs.

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