Rocky Top Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews

Rocky Top Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kaiser, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles
262 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers



14 days ago

Very pretty, hike through wooded areas,field, back into the woods, and back around to walk along the lake. Main trail is 2 miles took my family about an hour to walk at a quick pace. The name describes the trail "rocky." Overall a very nice trail, secluded wouldnt recommend for small children unless you dont mind a work out to have to carry them in certain areas.

24 days ago

Great hike! Great views

1 month ago


A little muddy today but great views. Enjoyable

2 months ago

Best trail at the lake without driving to Ha Ha Tonka. Nice variety of meadow, lakeside, and overlook. Pretty rocky but not too muddy, even the day after a rain. Took about an hour at a moderate pace.

5 months ago

Great trail . Easily accessible, well-maintained And beautiful views. Perfect for a short hike or even a run.

6 months ago

Well maintained trail. It's a beautiful fall hike; vibrant colors and great view of lake along the bluffs. Only saw one other hiker so it feels like a hidden gem. Provides a great break from all the bustle of main street just minutes away.

6 months ago

Saw 2 bucks down in the valley!

7 months ago

Great trail for active kids and their parents. Nine year old handled the rocky terrain without a problem. Great views of the lake.

8 months ago

The 2nd loop overlook on the trail is worth it to see such a great view of the lake. At the end of the trail was a small meadow you go through before entering the parking lot. The meadow was my favorite part of the trail.

8 months ago

Great, quick trail, great place to take a break from a long road trip. Close to the highway and restaurants, but quiet and serene. Beautiful views of lake, lovely walk through forest and grassland. Slightly slippery in parts. Swimming area close by.

9 months ago

good family hike with nice views at overlook and back down to the lake edge on second loop. a little rocky throughout, so watch your step.

11 months ago

Fun, easy trail for me & my 7 mo pup. Beautiful views of the lake.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Wonderful view of the lake. Very Rocky. Wear appropriate shoes!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Relatively easy hike. Very little elevation, but the path is quite rocky in places that may make their hike difficult for some.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

it was a nice trail. so people kown I believe that they changed the name to rocket top..

Saturday, October 29, 2016

its not even close to 1.5 miles and i was very dissapointed at the lack of views. Its a good begineer trail i suppose tho.

Friday, October 14, 2016

This is the 3rd time we have hiked this trail. Pretty easy hike, beautiful vistas. We were a week too early to see the color change on the trees.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

We were driving through the area & wanted a quick hike (with our 2 dogs), so this trail fit the bill. There were a couple pretty spots looking over the water & the easy/moderate difficulty was just right for a relaxing hike:).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

After driving all day to get here is was a nice trail to stretch our legs on. Took us about an hour as opposed to the 1:30 that was suggested. Hills, rocks, and narrow trails. What's not to like.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

This was a very short, easy hike. The only difficulty was trying to stay on my feet due to a thick ground cover of fallen leaves. Even during this Fall day views of the Lake, although it could be seen, were still somewhat obscure due to the thick tree cover. There were several areas where you can "exit" the trail and walk down to the lake's edge, which provided beautiful panoramic views. They weren't as plentiful as other Lake of the Ozark hikes.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nice walk. Access from Campground. Nice views of the lake.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This loop trail offers an amazing amount of natural community diversity. Towering dolomite bluffs and steep rocky slopes that were the result of the erosive forces of the Grand Glaize River can be found along one section. You will see views of the lake as well as native columbines and ferns. Gentle slopes through native Ozark woodlands are characterized by the other half of this trail. Native white-tailed deer and fox squirrels are frequently seen. Access points can be found in the third and fourth areas of the campground. This trail also provides access to the campground amphitheater.

Overall it's an enjoyable trail. On the narrow side, along with plenty of rocks and uneven trail, it's not just a "casual walk". We took our 10 month old puppy (lab) for a hike through here and she loved it. Much of the trail runs parallel to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There are some great views along the way, and plenty of nature. My AllTrails iPhone app said the elevation changes were around 700 feet. Not sure it's that much, but there are definitely some ups and downs through the trail. I enjoyed it and will be back for more!

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