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.

Length1.4 miElevation gain200 ftRoute typeLoop
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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.

Parking Lot. Full amenities you expect at a state park, RV to tent camping.

Ha Ha State Park, MO 1491 State Road D Camdenton, MO 65020-9801 Park Office: 573-346-2986

Intersection of Highway 65 and 54 in Missouri, drive 54 east 25 miles to "D" highway, south on "D" about 1.5 miles.

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jennifer kamer
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beautiful!! highly recommend.

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Dawn Parvin
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Brenda Huhn
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Nikki Veit
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Garrett Zumwalt
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With viewsPaved with some boardwalk and some very challenging stairs. But there’s plenty of rest spots with views for anyone up for the challenge Lots of wildlife for a short hike. Loved the Muskrats.

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Joe Rinella
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Beautiful trail that takes you to one of the largest natural Springs in Missouri. There are restrooms at the trailhead, and the trail is fairly level and an easy walk. Nice views of the lake, and a few places to set up a picnic. Pull up my Deer Leap Trail recording for some pictures and trail descriptions for this route.

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Robert Kumpost
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Kelsay Watkins
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Emily Powell
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Amy P
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This was a rocky trail with many stairs if you do the whole loop. It was amazing, but I wouldn’t bring someone who wasn’t fit. Definitely connect to the Island Trail to see the beautiful turquoise blue water. All in all, a great trail!

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Jennifer B
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Kelsey Strothkamp
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The stairs are not for everybody. Heavily trafficked and hard to pass others along the way.

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Miranda Williams
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great trail, the stairs are optional to climb back up due to this being a loop. If your not into climbing up 316 stairs with little break points I recommend the trek at the opposite end. You can connect to The Ha Ha Tonka Spring trail off this as well as the Colosseum Trail which also includes the Castle Trail.

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Jenn Goe-Busha
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Jena Duncan
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Beautiful! Trail is clean, lots of scenery. We used bug spray so not sure about the chiggers, but the trail is wide and well maintained so that helps! Also be prepared for the 316 stairs up at a 220 ft vertical ascent!!

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Austin Swanson
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Started at spring trail head along road D. Went clockwise. Took spring trail > Del rim > castle > colesseum > looped back around colesseum > devil's kitchen. Pretty cool stuff to see, other than the 316 stairs pretty easy, well marked, went late September and didn't see any mosquitoes, ticks, or chiggers.

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Josh Aubrey
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Pretty views! No getting down in the spring though, but still pretty to see!

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Abigail Bradford
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Karen Simone
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Kate Martin
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Megan Zirkle
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Jason McDonald
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These are one trail right into another into another. All are about the same. Rocky yet established. Be prepared to work for it, but they are all great hikes.

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Maja Jaszczynska
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Nikki Veit
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Nikki Veit
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This trail has great variety....railroad ties, gravel, rocky switchbacks, lake, spring, and oh, my....lots of stairs! Wonderful variety. Loved this hike!!

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Jill Bloebaum
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I went Right from the post office and had to take the white cut through on the way back! Beautiful!! But it’s hot outside! And I have COPD and SOB.

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Gustav Guo
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Wooden bridge along or across clear blue spring water. If heaven had trails, one of them would like this, I hope.

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