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.HistoryConstruction 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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  • My husband and I spent our 12th anniversary weekend hiking in Ha Ha Tonka and it was a great experience! We have only lived in Missouri for about 18 months, but our work situations might only have us ...  more »
  • If you just want a place to get into nature and see some beautiful scenery, this is a great place to spend the day. Pack a picnic lunch, grab the kiddos and head to this great park. You won't be disap...  more »
  • The remains left standing at this castle is something to see. I’ve been several times and never gets old.  more »
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  • Excellent place to go hiking in Missouri. Parking is plentiful and was free at the time. There are several trails of various difficulty and length to choose from. The terrain is diverse and beautiful. The park itself serves as a great exhibit on the history of Missouri with the water tower and the views of a portion of the Lake of the Ozarks
  • What a great place - good trails to hike and bike - and the Castle ruins are filled with history. You can bring a picnic on a nice weather day and just sit and take in the views. I am especially bonded with the castle ruins as the land sits across from my grandparents' cottages on the Lake of the Ozarks where I spent time as a child in the fifties - - my brother and I used to see the Castle ruins and beg to be taken there. Back at that time the grounds were grown over - but in the park has done a great job of clearing the historic structure - - I love it each time I am able to visit - -
  • One of best parks on Missouri. The castle is awesome! The natural bridge is worth a look. The walk down to the spring is worth the 300 plus stairs! Plus, you need to check out the island trail. It could be the best trail at this park! Do not forget the balancing rock!
  • This place was amazing! So much history to enlighten little or even big minds. Can't wait to go check it out further and see what else I can learn. Not to mention it's great view and nice walk to get there!
  • This is a beautiful park in the summer. I haven't been here in the winter. It has picnic areas, hiking trails, a boat dock, a natural bridge, a spring that flows a lot if water and more. So come and enjoy.

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