Explore the most popular trail running 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.

TICKS galore!! mud, horse crap, every step attacked by spider webs, got lost, definitely not kid friendly. Probably won’t try this one again

27 days ago

First hike of the season...weather worked out great. Trail listed as moderate but I would say easy and a half....not quite moderate but definitely more than easy.

Very peaceful. Couple of creeks. Only made it 2 miles. Dogs were done by then lol. We have little ones. A lot of horse tracks but saw none.

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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.

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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.

We clocked it at 5 miles. None of the climbs were difficult. Several stream crossings some easier than others but we made through dry. Lots of horse tracks but we did not see any. Lots of different terrains. Very enjoyable

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

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.

on Coakley Hollow Trail

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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.

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.

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.

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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11 months ago

Great for walking but to narrow and for running.

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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.

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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!

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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.

We thoroughly enjoyed walking this trail. The various creeks were beautiful and the old stone bridge was a perfect place to take pictures. We saw various types of woodland scenery, an old cemetery, and the old quarry. The terrain was rocky and uneven, but that is why it's marked moderate. If you are sure footed and in decent shape, you won't have any problem with this trail.

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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.

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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!

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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!

backpacking
Monday, June 06, 2016

I hiked the North Loop of this trail. It was very easy to navigate with the green blaze markers. There is a fantastic variety of terrain. The trail is very rocky in places but runs through several meadows and crosses creeks. I was able to complete it in just over 2 hours. Absolutely beautiful!

on Hidden Springs Trail

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

So beautiful. A must, trail.

birding
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.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Short, easy trail. Well maintained.

on Lake Trail

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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.

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