Explore the most popular forest trails in Lake of the Ozarks 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
1 month ago

Very pretty, hike through wooded areas,field, back into the woods, and back around to walk along the lake. Main trail is 2 miles took my family about an hour to walk at a quick pace. The name describes the trail "rocky." Overall a very nice trail, secluded wouldnt recommend for small children unless you dont mind a work out to have to carry them in certain areas.

Great hike! Great views

hiking
2 months ago

It was alright... Nothing extreme and beautiful woods. All good views are obstructed. However it connects to the Squaws Revenge trail which has amazing views.

hiking
2 months ago

A very fun trail full of all sorts of great views in the early spring, fall and winter. A few elevation changes but nothing difficult. A fun, quick hike.

Beautiful

A little muddy today but great views. Enjoyable

Best trail at the lake without driving to Ha Ha Tonka. Nice variety of meadow, lakeside, and overlook. Pretty rocky but not too muddy, even the day after a rain. Took about an hour at a moderate pace.

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

trail running
6 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.

hiking
7 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
8 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

10 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.

Cool bridges and a cave.

on Rocky Top Trail

hiking
10 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.

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.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Great for walking but to narrow and for running.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Fun, easy trail for me & my 7 mo pup. Beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

We had a good morning hike here. It was very quiet, very rocky, not the best for small children. My three year old had a bit of trouble walking this but still a nice hike we found a morel mushroom and cool rocks. The cave was neat.

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Wonderful view of the lake. Very Rocky. Wear appropriate shoes!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Relatively easy hike. Very little elevation, but the path is quite rocky in places that may make their hike difficult for some.

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great hike! Beautiful views, path is great (remembering that you are in the ozark mountains and there are going to be some rocks)... Just long enough and hilly enough to provide you with a nice workout. We loved it!

hiking
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

it was a nice trail. so people kown I believe that they changed the name to rocket top..

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Beautiful light hiking spot. Low underbrush for those who explore off-trail in winter (obey local stewardship recommendations). This trail loops around a section of the creek so orientation is a breeze. Great trail for older folks or those recovering from injury, my father in law had no trouble despite his bad knees and old double hip replacement.

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