“On the Lake of the Ozarks!”
Imposing architecture and breathtaking scenery combine to make Ha Ha Tonka State Park one of Missouri’s most treasured spots. Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, the park features the stone ruins of a turn-of-the-20th-century castle built by a prominent Kansas City businessman high atop a bluff. More than 15 miles of trails traverse the park, leading visitors to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and down to the lake.
Went here on my trip down Route 66. We stopped at The Cave Restaurant before and decided to take a detour to the castle ruins. In August of 2014 it wasn't terribly packed. If you go later in the day you'll pretty much have the ruins to yourself. I got plenty of pictures of my 9-month old son alone. I mean, this place is perfect for taking photos.
It's not too hard of a hike from the parking area, but I recommend taking your baby in a stroller, because it can get tiring walking uphill. Plus, if you go in the summer it can get very hot.
There aren't any bathrooms here, so you'll need to do your business when you first enter the park.
We were here years ago. The castle ruins were awesome. Short hike or can park closer. We did the hike. It is great for photo settings. If I'm ever in the area again I will definitely go again. Be sure to read the story of the building of the castle. It makes great history information. I like to know all that stuff when visiting places like this. I rate this as a 5 star.
So beautiful! We didn't even get to see half of it due to flooding, but it is free, has absolutely phenomenal views, and is a great workout depending on which paths you are taking.
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Ha Ha Tonka State Park
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