Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area encompassing over on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, about five miles south of Camdenton, Missouri, in the United States. The state park's most notable feature is the ruins of Ha Ha Tonka, an early 20th-century stone mansion that was modeled after European castles of the 16th century.
The park also features caves, sinkholes, and bluffs overlooking the lake. It is a prominent example of karst topography, which is geological formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock. A 70acre portion of the park was designated as the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area in 1981.
Construction of the Ha Ha Tonka castle was started by Robert McClure Snyder, Sr. in 1905, a Kansas City businessman who purchased the large property. Alluding to the natural springs on the property, "ha ha tonka" was said to mean "smiling waters."
Following Snyder's death in an auto accident in 1906, the castle was completed by his sons Robert, Jr.; LeRoy, and Kenneth Snyder in the late 1920s before the Stock Market Crash. The building was used as a summer and weekend home by the Snyder family, who lived in Kansas City. In the late 1930s it was used as a hotel, but was destroyed by fire in 1942.
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  • This was on our way to lake of the ozarks so we stopped. We had a good time, nice to stretch our legs and seem some neat ruins. The tower was pretty awesome. It would have been cool to be able to walk...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous State Park with so many treasures to explore. Several trail options to hike and easy walk to the castle for those not wanting to hike at all. We took a group of 16 year olds who LO...  more »
  • Sometimes on a road trip you have been driving to long. And a walk in the park is almost always worth the time. There are a couple of 10-30 minute hikes in this park that are fun and easy and cool and...  more »
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  • I'd like to know, how did a billionaire heirs, not rebuild this massive structure? It would have been beautiful. Enjoyed it. Have been here many times, with my thoughts of dancing in the ballroom.. Its probably one of the most glamorous houses around, in 1920. I can only imagine how much that original 5000 acres cost, compared to land prices now. Well here are my thoughts of the state park. The natural bridge is fun. Lookout for rodents, spiders and snakes, oh my.
  • This place is awesome. I didn't go with a lot of expectations and this place amazed me. There are lovely views, the castle is good, the viewing decks offer beautiful views of lake below, and the greenery adds to the charm. Most beautiful was the little hike down to the lake,, it was very green, misty and beautiful..
  • We've seen a lot of parks and this is on the top of the list. The spring is beautiful and informative with numerous stop points to learn about the local wildlife. Over the past year we've gone multiple times and we've seen wildlife every time. We've gone multiple times and have covered numerous trails. And they're still unexplored territory to cover.
  • A lot of really cool features both natural and man made. The natural bridge, trails, and "old castle" are all worth the trips. There were a good amount of people having gone on a Saturday but the actual trails didn't have too many people on them.
  • Great place to go. Clean and wide open parking. Well mapped. I hiked Turkey pen hollow trail. Very well marked and great scenic views. I will definantly be back to hike the other trails!
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