Quarry Loop Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
#11 of 13 trails in

Quarry Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
442 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

walking

forest

lake

rocky

Quarry Trail takes visitors through two quarry sites, where sandstone was mined to build the castle, carriage house and water tower. At the trailhead near the castle ruins, the trail passes next to the site where 10 greenhouses were constructed as part of the Robert Snyder estate. The greenhouses were removed and sold after Snyders death, but the foundations and interpretive panel are available for viewing at the site. The quarries hikers will pass can be deceptive as they are not the size or depth seen today. These were areas where the sandstone layer was close to or extended above ground level to make its removal easier. To further make the job of transporting these large stones from the larger quarry site north of the castle, they used a small gauge track and cart system pulled by mule to bring the stone to the castle site. The trail also features views of Lake of the Ozarks from a large dolomite glade on the west side of the trail at the half way point. Users can shorten or enhance their hikes by accessing White Connectors 5 and 6. To use either of the white connector trails, hikers should watch for the white blazes. Hikers can leave the trail at the carriage house site to make a shorter walk to the parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail that is fairly easy to hike - not marked real well so make your you take the park map with you on this one.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice woodland trail, I didn't ind it either rugged or hard to navigate (unlike some other revues). We did not hike down to the cove but that would be the Lake trail and not the Quarry loop trail. It is blazed for clockwise direction but I always bring maps so I had no problem hiking CCW. It's not the most spectacular tril in the park but it is still very nice and worth taking if you have the time. It goes through some nice glades and has some great views of the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

5 months ago

The path actually splits into 2 different directions, the right will lead you to the quarry and the left will lead you down to the cove. We walked down to the cove. The trail is pretty rough, rocky, slippery in spots, and steep. It's only about a mile, but I've walked 3 mile trails quicker! It is a very pretty trail with lots of different rock formations, wooded, and then of course the cove at the end, but this is definitely not for a beginner. The walk down is hard enough, but having to hike back up a steep incline for that long of a distance and with that rough terrain it makes it very difficult and exhausting! Be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes for this trail.

5 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Not well marked! We thought we were lost until I remembered I had this app, which not only showed me the trail, but also where I was on it! The app gets 5 stars

Monday, May 30, 2016

Very rough and rock. Couldn't tell the trail path at several points. Not for trail running.

Monday, May 30, 2016