Castle Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Camdenton, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
114 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

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lake

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The Castle trail is an ADA accessible trail leading to the castle ruins and lake overlook. Access to the ruins of a 20th century castle and spectacular views of Lake of the Ozarks make Castle Trail one of the parks most popular trails. Castle Trail can be accessed from either of the two castle parking lots. The upper lot has limited parking and is recommended for people with disabilities and elderly. More parking is offered at the lower lot, which is the first lot you come to. From the lower parking lot, a shaded walk through an open oak woodland area takes hikers to where the trail joins the upper portion. Here, there are two side views of the carriage house ruins. There is a water fountain at this junction and an interpretive kiosk with information on the parks cultural history. The upper portion of trail features three scenic overlooks. There are 12 park benches along the trail.

walking
22 days 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Returned with a troop of scouts and did the trail.

3 months ago

Very cool historic site. Surprised that people haven’t defaced the structure at all. Short, simple, and lots of places to rest along the way. Great trail for beginners or history buffs.

4 months ago

Awesome trail's. Breathtaking beauty all around the Castle and the trails.

4 months ago

good scenic trail for the whole family

4 months ago

Fun, short hike

hiking
5 months ago

Paved path to some castle ruins. Couple of interesting overlooks. Good family outing.

walking
6 months ago

Easy hike to start off a full day of exploring the park. The path is paved which is nice. It was definitely the most crowded area of the park. Interesting to learn the history of the castle from the placards.

walking
7 months ago

Great for walking. The castles are really cool.

hiking
8 months ago

Was disappointed that you can not get close to the castle. But it is probably due to lack of respect from others. There is amazing views from the ruins.We did see a lot of vultures.

hiking
9 months ago

Was disappointed to find that the ruins have been fenced off and you can no longer go through the "rooms" and see the views from the "terrace." My last visit was 5+ years ago, so I had been looking forward to exploring inside the castle. Views from along the ridge are great. Two turkey vultures soared right above me and I thought were coming straight for me!
The trail itself is paved and accommodating for lots of people/stollers/etc., but it's not the highlight of the park for me.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

After hiking 6 miles in the forrest, this seemed a little touristy for my liking. Clearly the concept of leave no trace did not catch up with humanity in time and was evident in the sings telling you to stay on the path and the reasons for doing so. None the less, the lighting was phenomenal and lent it's self to the castle ruins and panoramic views nicely. The trail was easily accessable and nicely paved for those with disablities. The side trails lent a nice off the beaten path if you wanted to get away from the tourist asspect.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Very easy, wheelchair accessible, and great lookout views.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Easy hike to castle. Great views

hiking
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Enjoyed the castle ruins.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

It was cool to see the Castle ruins!!

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Very easy short trail up to the castle - some scenic views - castle is now fenced off so you cannot get as close to the castle as you used to be able to.

walking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

A super easy paved trail will take you to the ruins of the "Castle". Don't miss it!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Beautiful views! Nothing like it on the west coast, where I'm from!!

walking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Definitely a walking trail good for children and adults, beautiful views.

walking
Monday, March 20, 2017

It's more like a short walk to look at the castle ruins (which are pretty cool); however, there are many hiking trails throughout and even a couple that lead away from the castle once you reach the top. Definitely beautiful views and worth the walk which is easy enough for the little ones or older folks too.

Monday, February 20, 2017

An easy walk to historical ruins and great views. This was fun to see, but make sure you check out some of the other trails too!

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Easy walk and wonderful scenery plus the history makes it all the better.

walking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

still as beautiful as always.

hiking
Friday, December 02, 2016

beautiful views of the castle, surrounding lake area, and the spring!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

its not really a hiking trail? but the views are amazing

Monday, September 26, 2016

Awesome scenic view and castle!

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Short trail to the ruins of an old stone house. Nice views of the lakes, spring and sinkhole. The kids enjoyed exploring.

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Short easy trail from the upper lot to the castle ruins. You can walk all around the outside of them, and there are a couple of lookouts as well.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

pushed an all terrain stroller with no issue. does have some steep parts, but paved and pretty easy. plenty of benches along the trail if you need to rest. beautiful views.

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