Castle Trail

EASY 47 reviews
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Castle Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Camdenton, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
127 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

walking

forest

views

The Castle trail is a 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.

1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

Very easy, wheelchair accessible, and great lookout views.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike to castle. Great views

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed the castle ruins.

hiking
5 months ago

It was cool to see the Castle ruins!!

hiking
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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

walking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Easy trail with a cool thing to look at the end. Large parts are uphill

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