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Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton, MO



Ha Ha Tonka State Park


In Late September of this year we made a trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park which is located in Camdenton, Missouri on the Lake of the Ozarks. I had really been wanting to see this place! Ha Ha Tonka's most notable feature is the castle ruins. These ruins are actually what's left of an early 1900's mansion which was nicknamed the "castle" because it was modeled after European castles of the 1500's. It was used as a hotel until it was destroyed by a fire in 1942. 
It was about a 3 hour drive for us so we drove there on a Saturday night and stayed at a local hotel in Camdenton and then explored the park all day before returning late aftertoon on Sunday. This worked out perfectly since I knew the kids would be much happier splitting up the 6 hour drive into two days. 


For more info about the park, see bottom of post


Ha Ha Tonka State Park


Ha Ha Tonka State Park



Besides the castle, there's plenty of other sights to see at the park! There's more than 15 miles of trail system leading to all sorts of geological wonders...caves, sinkholes, natural bridges, huge bluffs, gorgeous overlooks, and Missouri's twelfth largest spring. The natural spring was my favorite sight there. The Dell Rim Trail (.70 miles) leading down into the sinkhole where the spring is located is a really fun and absolutely beautiful trail, but the stair portion is steep. My kids (6 & 3) managed it pretty well going slow. The climb back out is admittedly a killer, but It's well worth it though! The natural spring had some of the bluest and clearest water i'd ever seen. 




Ha Ha Tonka State Park



Ha Ha Tonka State Park



Ha Ha Tonka State Park



Ha Ha Tonka State Park




We also did part of the Colosseum Trail (.70 miles) which features the massive natural bridge. 


Ha Ha Tonka State Park


Ha Ha Tonka State Park


More Info
Address: 1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020
Phone: (573) 346-2986
Features: Castle ruins, caves, sinkhole, trails, natural spring, bluffs, lake. 

Park Hours: 
Summer Hours (On-Season)
  • April through October 
    7 a.m. to sunset daily
Winter Hours (Off-Season)
  • November through March 
    8 a.m. to sunset daily



















  
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Hey there, thanks for stopping by! I'd love hearing from you, so If you have any questions, interests, or know of a neat place we should visit feel free to let me know! May your adventures be many :)

-Jessie

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