Explore the most popular birding trails near Camdenton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

we have tried this trail twice with our kids and get a bit confused after we cross mail road and follow it up to park area. we have no idea where to go from there and we even asked a park ranger, who said he cuts the grass on trail, and said it's not a loop but in order to go back to parking lot, you have to walk same route back?

1 month ago

great

hiking
1 month ago

Returned with a troop of scouts and did the trail.

on Castle Trail

2 months ago

Very cool historic site. Surprised that people haven’t defaced the structure at all. Short, simple, and lots of places to rest along the way. Great trail for beginners or history buffs.

hiking
2 months ago

Plenty of steps and rugged in places. Nice view of spring and cliffs with several side trails including one set of stairs that leads to a cave, although exploring it requires a permit.

hiking
2 months ago

Short interpretive trail with signs posted on different tree species on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

The actual trail is 1.5 miles. Using the map for this app adds another half mile of the Spring Trail before you reach the trailhead. Going counterclockwise at the loop, the trail passes through a tunnel of trees until it loops back at the point where there are some views of the lake. The trail then passes through a boulder field and is rugged for the remainder of the trail. We met a ham radio operator along this part of the trail with an antennae in a tree who was contacting people in different states using Morse code, which was cool.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail passes through the woods and a glade before descending to a paved path that leads to the spring. After the spring there is a set of 216 stairs that will give you a heck of a workout. The trail then loops back to where it started.

on Devil's Kitchen Trail

hiking
2 months ago

We actually hiked portions of Devil’s Kitchen, Colosseum, Castle and Spring trails. The Ranger tied them all together in a loop (see photo) with one short distance reversal, totally around 4 mi and we did it in less than 2 hours with photos and a few breath-catching stops during/after the 300+ stairs. It was a great way to see the various features of the park, but overall, I think we liked the Devil’s Kitchen portion slightly better because it was denser and very little traffic. Very nice hiking, possibly 5 stars for our home state of MO but we reserve our 5 star ratings for awesome national parks. :)

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail after we finished a shorter trail in the morning. Good solid footing with a few vertical climbs. Natural rock formations thru out with some very large boulders. Trees carrying lots of foliage so difficult to see lake at the midway point. My friend Kevin unfortunately carried out a soda can and plastic water bottle along with some small trash items he found along trail. Thanks Kevin.

2 months ago

Awesome trail's. Breathtaking beauty all around the Castle and the trails.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, relatively short hike with one steep ascent. Some slippery rocks, but mostly easy stairs in good condition. Great scenery. One gets to see the beautiful turquoise water of the spring up close and later from above as the trail ascends.
Take it easy or climb the part of the trail with stairs a few times for extra exercise :)

hiking
2 months ago

Wish the trail was marked a little better; but it was very beautiful and peaceful.

3 months ago

this trail offers a beautiful scenic atmosphere while challenging your endurance a little bit. my 2 and 7 year old loved it

3 months ago

good scenic trail for the whole family

easy family walk

Fun, short hike

3 months ago

The spring is beautiful! Worth the hike down and then back up again!

hiking
4 months ago

Paved path to some castle ruins. Couple of interesting overlooks. Good family outing.

hiking
4 months ago

Honestly just not too impressive. I’m sure we missed the wildflower season, and with the trail slightly overgrown all we saw were ticks... Will do the other trails instead of this one next time.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail! Definitely a work out if you choose to do the stairs!! Great history behind this area.

great view

great hike stairs killed me

walking
5 months ago

Easy hike to start off a full day of exploring the park. The path is paved which is nice. It was definitely the most crowded area of the park. Interesting to learn the history of the castle from the placards.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Well maintained. Narrow path. Crowded but dog friendly.

5 months ago

Pretty short by nice and cool on the other side of the island

hiking
5 months ago

nice little trail. my kids and dog enjoyed it.

walking
6 months ago

Great for walking. The castles are really cool.

hiking
6 months ago

Was disappointed that you can not get close to the castle. But it is probably due to lack of respect from others. There is amazing views from the ruins.We did see a lot of vultures.

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