Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

5 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

on Coakley Hollow Trail

8 months ago

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

9 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.

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.

11 months ago

Great for walking but to narrow and for running.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Easy trail that runs next to bluffs overlooking the lake and through the woods. We walked along the shoreline, then through the campground before finding the trail again near the theater.

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.

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!

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.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Nice trail with good views. The only downside was that there were large rocks on the trail (which is to be expected in November), but you can't see them because of the amount of leaves. I rolled my ankle a few times, but luckily didn't sprain anything.

Monday, October 10, 2016

We chose to hike the Lake View trail. The hike starts in the campground and encircles the campground. Easy trail but hard to find the trail head. Drive past the airport, look for the campground entrance the trail starts at the campground's check in booth. I suggest taking the north entry the south entry is a confused mess. Took about an hour to hike.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The highlight was the ozark caverns at the end of the trail off to the left of the visitor center. Sucks you couldn't go through it, but while at the opening of the cave we saw a huge blue racer on the other side of the creek. Fun decent trail with bridges and wooden walkways. Watch out for poison oak/sumac!

Monday, August 22, 2016

A beautiful easy trail that takes you along the lake and through the woods. A beautiful area any time of the year!

on Hidden Springs Trail

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

So beautiful. A must, trail.

on Squaw's Revenge Trail

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Trail starts at horse stables and is an easy walk thru oak forest to views of the Lake. My 2 sisters and I hiked it in April when many Dogwoods were in bloom.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

We did this very easy hike Nov 2015. The overlooks to the lake were beautiful. We also found ourselves less than ten feet away from five large buzzards/vultures/not really sure. They were beautiful, not what one would imagine when confronted with scavenger birds. The trail was, obviously since it was fall, covered in a thick carpet of leaves. There was also copious amounts of horse poo. Walk carefully. Overall, a fun, easy hike for a brisk fall day.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Short, easy trail. Well maintained.

on Lake Trail

Monday, June 15, 2015

It was fun! Lots of good variance in terrain and a beautiful view!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

A good trail! Very well maintained, with lots of fun terrain. Good for kids. We were bummed about how close the trail was to the creek, yet there was no way to get your feet wet.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gorgeous in the spring with a sea of dogwoods in bloom. Very quiet and pristine. This trail goes up and down several hills with rocky terrain. No man-made structures or signs, just blue trail tags. Trail crosses several dry creek beds that might be a challenge in the rainy season. The hilly parts of the trail are pretty washed out so it was a bit like climbing the hill in a ditch. We had to climb over a few fallen trees but that also meant there was an occasional spot to rest and enjoy the birdsong.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Great trail. We notice the blue marks were hard to find on the way back and few signs need to be replace. It would be nice if there was more maps on the trail.

Friday, November 18, 2011

We try and get over to the park as often as possible. Easy trails to walk, great picture oppertunities.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Enjoyable hike with my wife and puppy. We didn't see anyone else on the trail. There are definitely better trails around here, but this is worth while for "warming up". We walked this and then went into the Lakeview Bend Trail. Nice day.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The trail is a simple Ozark trail. Its diversity is its strong point. you pass through woodland glades, rocky and wooded hillsides, small creek, and wetland created by a spring emitting from a cave. Very well maintained. Ozark Caverns is worth a peak while you are there. Call ahead for tour times.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pleasant little hike through the woods. Nice trail. saw a lot of wildlife. Not overgrown.

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