Strange name – great park. Have you visited HaHa Tonka State Park? Both the man-made and natural features of this park make it a perfect place to hike and explore on a sunny day.
HaHa Tonka is a beautiful state park near Lake of the Ozarks in Camdenton, Missouri. It’s one of our favorite day trips from Springfield. The park has no campgrounds, but more than 15 miles of trails, several restrooms, a playground, and a fantastic park staff. We took advantage of the many shorter trails, breaking this up with play and snack stops at the car, which was much easier for Ben than a full day of hiking.
We hiked the Devil’s Kitchen, the Colosseum and Natural Bridge, down to the River Cave, and of course, to the notorious Castle Ruins. All of these hikes were very family friendly and very busy on this warm weekend. The tall water tower was closed off by gates, so don’t walk that way expecting to go to the top. The walk from the parking lot to the castle is wheelchair / stroller accessible and was by far the busiest part of the park.
The grounds were very well kept, and we would love to return and spend a night to explore the area and lake further. We typically visit Table Rock Lake, and the size and crowd of Lake of the Ozarks is a bit overwhelming, but a beautiful change in scenery from where we normally visit.