Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
3 days 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.

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
3 days 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.

hiking
14 days 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.

14 days ago

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

Nice walk

hiking
19 days 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 :)

Great for trail running. I prefer to run it in reverse. It isn’t as hard on your feet and knees at the end when you end at the trail head. The full trail is beautiful, but the shortcut is just as challenging.

I did a small backpacking trip with a few teenagers on this trail, and we all had a blast. Well marked trails and a nice campground!

30 days ago

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

30 days ago

good scenic trail for the whole family

easy family walk

Fun, short hike

1 month ago

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

I love the solitude of this trail. I run it weekly.

I loved this trail. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to complete and take your time. Would like to come back again. Very beautiful and easy to find. If you don’t want to finish all the way, there is a short cut you can take to take across the path to the finish. Not sure exactly where it’s at but after the 3rd mile maybe. I took it. Lol would have liked to go all the way around if I had enough daylight.

backpacking
1 month ago

Besides being hot which was expect had lot of fun found a great spot to camp with a great view did alot of the other trials too definitely doing it again.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

nice loop

great view

great hike stairs killed me

walking
2 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained. Narrow path. Crowded but dog friendly.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

nice little trail. my kids and dog enjoyed it.

Well marked trail with great valley views, steep drops and lovely creek access. It was a wonderful spring hike. I would not think the view would not be as great with all the leaves on the trees.

walking
3 months ago

Great for walking. The castles are really cool.

hiking
4 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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