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Visit Missouri State Park in Lake of the Ozarks. Ha Ha Tonka National State Park

Updated on December 21, 2012

Ha Ha Tonka Castle

The National Park Sign - History about the castle
The National Park Sign - History about the castle | Source
Ha Ha Tonka burned down castle - Front view
Ha Ha Tonka burned down castle - Front view
Arches on the side to take some awesome pictures of everybody.
Arches on the side to take some awesome pictures of everybody.
view from above, overlooking ozarks
view from above, overlooking ozarks
Tower near the castle
Tower near the castle
Found one of the boardwalk
Found one of the boardwalk | Source

State Park Family Vacation in Missouri

Parks are a perfect place to take kids, hike around and let them wear themselves out. Even teenagers. I will show you mine at the end of the video. I am sharing my personal experience with the park because it is a truly special place to visit with family. Enjoy!

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Location 1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020-9801

Park Office: 573-346-2986

Important Note: The caves in the park itself are closed right now, per the parks and recreation. It doesn't list Bridal Cave. Yes, people do get married in Bridal Cave!

The best time of year to come down is prime time autumn, October to enjoy the leaf colors. Spring is a perfect walking temperature. Summer, just make sure you have your water bottles with you and go early.

Stay at one of the hotels on the water so you can enjoy a sunrise and sunset on the lake of the Ozarks. We open or back glass door to take in the morning sunrises from the Inn at the Glaize, I added it towards the end of the video with another nice place right on the water that looks really nice. (this is not a referal link, it is just a recommendation based on personal visits here).

Bridal Cave is another stop and if you are brave, there is a look out tower on that road. Climb the tower that gives you the tremendous overlook. You will love the changing leaves in the Ozarks. It is a panoramic view.

In October, you can walk around the Heritage Festival. Parking at the Truman Damn and busing up to the Truman Visitors Center on the hill. Enjoy the foods especially the beans and BIG Turkey Legs. Watch they guys shoot the cannon and see how they used to blow up the trees to get timber. Take in the view over the lake and absolutely go inside the little white building with the band playing on the porch and purchase the BEST Fudge ever! They have some other homemade treats too. Love them all!

Ha Ha Tonka, it is an amazing experience to walk right up to the castle. Take a lot of pictures! A boardwalk trail leads to the Watch Tower. You can walk right up to it, but is is not accessible to the inside. Still worth seeing.

14 Hiking Trails. From .30 to 2.5 miles. Each one lists the distance and approximate time to complete the hike.

Don't pick the wild flowers! "Removal of plants, animals, rocks, downed timber, artifacts or relics is prohibited without written permission from the state park director."

Have your kids walk down the many steps to the natural spring at the bottom. Nice sleepy children by the time the car starts rolling.

Check out the other things to do in the lake of the Ozarks. If you have a boat, explore the lake. If you are feeling like high class food in a casual wear restaurant - go to Bentley's in Osage Beach. The best steak and lobster tail with very HIGH Quality Customer Service. A bit pricey but so worth every minute. We enjoyed the experience and treatment in a casual dress environment.

Brides - Check with the Missouri Parks & Recreation to see if you can secure this spot for photographing your engagement pictures or after your wedding. It would be so worth while to have some of the most amazing images ever. Consult your photographer to find out costs and there experience with this location and outdoor photography.

Biker Weddings and Outdoor Weddings in the Ozarks - Can you secure the parking area near the castle to have the ceremony? It would be the perfect back drop, overlook and wedding experience. You can have a "run for the Reception" at a much more laid back park, lake, or home afterwards.

Video of our Lake of the Ozarks Vacation to Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Ha Ha Tonka National State Park Location

ha ha tonka road, camdenton, mo:
Ha Ha Tonka Rd, Camdenton, MO 65020, USA

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    • bridalletter profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Kyle 

      4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you Suhail... a lot of people from Canada take Route 66. That may also be worth reading up on and looking at everything available along that route. Good luck, so exciting to do a lot of traveling! (sorry for long delay in response.)

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      2015 onward is our years of travelling all over Canada and the USA. We may just pass through Missouri as well. This parks looks like a good place to stop.

      I liked your way of writing a simple straight forward and an informative hub.

    • bridalletter profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Kyle 

      6 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you Moonlake. Best time for that park, I hope you get a chance to see it in person.

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      6 years ago from America

      Enjoyed your hub. Will be heading in that direction this fall. Voted Up.

    • bridalletter profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Kyle 

      6 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you. I have been visiting the Ozarks since I was young. Every state has its great points! I think I need to print some pictures out on canvas and hang them in my house.

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      6 years ago

      What a great Hub. Missouri State Park looks like a beautiful and interesting place to visit. Wonderful pics and info. Thank you for sharing. Voted up


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