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Spring Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 200 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

partially paved

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The first .40 mile of Spring Trail is paved and accessible to visitors with physical limitations. This section takes hikers along the shoreline of Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. This is a great trail to hike for spring wildflowers. Pawpaw trees can be seen along the first section of trail and grow alongside the wooden boardwalk just before the spring. One of the first stopping points is at the site of the old gristmill, which was burned in 1931 to make room for Lake of the Ozarks. A spillway, raceway and grinding stone remain at the mill site. A small trail shelter with tables and an interpretive display are also located near the old mill site. Spring Trail continues toward Ha Ha Tonka Spring along the shore of the old millpond. The millpond is a great place to watch for wildlife, including turtles, frogs and toads, green herons and others. At the end of the millpond is another raceway that acts as a dam to the spring water during normal water levels. During periods of high water levels, Ha Ha Tonka Spring water runs over the raceway and flushes out the millpond into the lake. Shortly after the second raceway, the trail surface changes from pavement to wooden boardwalk. At this point, a small wooden overlook over the spring offers a nice view of the spring channel and is a great place to look for muskrats, otters, ducks and other aquatic wildlife. An interpretive panel on this overlook has information about the springs recharge area, temperature and aquatic plant life. The wooden boardwalk has several short sections of steps leading back to the site where the spring water surfaces and four more interpretive panels are attached to the railing. As hikers near the spring, they are challenged to squeeze between large rocks that were once part of the ceiling over this collapsed chasm. After exiting the rocks, there is an old pump south of the trail. This pump was used in the 1940s to pump spring water to a small log cabin at the top of the hill above you. The spring emerges from the water-filled cave at the base of the small bluff ahead. The average flow of the spring is 58 million gallons of water a day. It is a half-mile from the trailhead to the mouth of the spring. Many visitors turn back at this point. The next section of the Spring Trail ascends 316 wooden steps climbing 200 vertical feet and can be very strenuous for some hikers. At the top of the steps, hikers can choose to follow Dell Rim Trail to the left to go to the castle ruins, or turn right to continue on the upper section of Spring Trail. Very shortly, hikers will have a spectacular view over the spring waters and spy the 250 foot bluff with castle ruins atop. Continuing on the trail, catch a glimpse of the century old post office building along Highway D. Shortly after this, hikers can choose to take a White Connector back to the mill site to end the hike early or continue on another loop of Spring Trail by taking the trail to the left. This stretch parallels Highway D and eventually crosses a dolomite glade and then heads back into woodlands. This trail will wind back to the trailhead at the lake parking lot.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful trail, fun!

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

great trail has steps on one end ti get you down the normal trail back up. Most people park at Mariana and take patches trail to osland.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful! Well maintained and shaded! We popped around from trail to trail if you start by going RIGHT you’ll go down the stairs instead of walking up them. Gorgeous! Bring water

1 month ago

So beautiful! The Spring is gorgeous. The steps are rough and some of the trail is pretty rocky.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike, some ones, a lot of steps, a little view and easy to follow.

hiking
3 months ago

Great Trail. Steps were brutal and hard to navigate with a lot of people, but beautiful and great and worth the wait for others to pass! And we got to see an otter in the spring, which was a great addition!!

hiking
rocky
washed out
7 months ago

sehr schön und kurz

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous but steps are brutal

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trial.. easy short hike and lots to see along the way! ❤️

running
8 months ago

Fun run! I usually run the steps a few times a month to the castle, and around the other loops. Take the steps slowly if you're not in the best shape, they're over before you know it. ;)

hiking
9 months ago

This trail will get your heart pumping. Very beautiful views. The spring is amazing.

hiking
off trail
9 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

great trail. 316 stairs.

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous trail! The spring is breathtaking and can feel the coolness coming off the water. With going early in the morning the fog/steam coming off the cool water was beautiful! The trail itself is nice, but did not do the loop as we stopped at the stairs and made our way back. Very nice trail and would enjoy to go back to do the full loop.

hiking
11 months ago

One of the better short hikes we have found in Missouri. We love the stairs and the beautiful clean water you get to walk beside.

I would recommend this trail for any skill level. the stairs initially were rough but that the hardest part of the trail! mostly shaded with some amazing views!

hiking
11 months ago

I loved this trail! the spring and water was beautiful, and it was neat to see the castle up on the cliffs! we started with the Colosseum trail, then took the spring trail to the island trail, and then looped back on the other side of the spring trail loop.

hiking
Thu Jul 04 2019

Nice moderate trail. Took a 4 year old and it proved a little difficult but doable. Beautiful scenery from the spring to lake of ozark and turtles.

hiking
Thu Jul 04 2019

Paved most of the way. Very pretty views.

hiking
Wed Jun 26 2019

Beautiful trail - recommend hiking in from the connectors from Devils Kitchen

hiking
Fri Apr 12 2019

I enjoyed this part of the hike. I have never seen water so teal.

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muddy
rocky
Sun Apr 07 2019

hiking
Tue Mar 05 2019

Very pretty trail. The spring is fascinating to me. There is so much water coming out of the ground. Really a fascinating feature.

hiking
Fri Feb 22 2019

The spring is beautiful but I mostly did this for the stair workout it was awesome

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