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Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton

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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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  • We have hiked at Hahatonka twice and we love it. Trails are well marked with colored markers on the trees. For someone who is directionally challenged, this is a dream! You will see streams, a spring,...  more »
  • My husband and I were up for a nice autumn hike with our Golden Retriever. We ended up at Ha Ha Tonka Park and we were pleasantly surprised. It was a beautiful hike up to the old castle ruins and then...  more »
  • Ha Ha Tonk park area has a number of sights to visit - the burnt castle, natural bridge and the spring trail.The view from the burnt castle is breathtaking. The spring trail involves a long climb up a...  more »
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  • Beautiful. In all ways. You'd have to see it to believe it if you haven't already. I could go on for hours about all the sights and overlooks but, other than the ruins of the mansion at the top of the hill overlooking the spring, you'd just really have to go hiking the trails...... There are historic Mathers that tell you everything you need to know and then some about the area, the mansion and the surrounding forest! Highly recommend this place to ANYBODY who is capable of getting out and seeing it. The pathways are handicap accessible also
  • Some of the trails were challenging but most were not too difficult. We wished there were more maps (we got lost and so did some other folks!) But overall it's manageable and clean. It was more uphill in some places, so wear good shoes. The views were beautiful though! We wished it had been bigger or more cohesive. It wasn't as smooth of a hike as we thought, but it was definitely enjoyable and overall a good experience.
  • We went there when we were camping in Roach, Mo. This place is so beautiful and the trails are nice. I suggest allowing a full day if you are wanting to do all the trails. We only did 5 hours and only saw maybe half of it. But in turn, we didn't take all the trails either. The trails are a little rugged and not really difficult but would be difficult for some. A walking stick wouldn't be a bad idea for some of these trails. Also would like to say due this, the trails are not wheelchair accessible. Wearing good hiking boots/shoes is a must. Believe me though the sites you see it's all worth it! Even though the trails aren't wheelchair accessible, the castle ruins, carriage house, water tower, lake area, visitors center, and a few other parts are. We are going back again to finish the parts we didn't get to the time.
  • This is a wild, beautiful park that was once the playground of a very rich man. It's best to visit when temps are mild as there's a bit of walking involved. It's a large park with a burnt castle, cliffs, caves, a natural bridge, numerous hiking trails, and a large spring that runs into Lake of the Ozarks. It's beautiful. Visit if you can.
  • Nice, clean park, suitable for hanging out with the family. The spring is interesting and you can also enjoy fishing in some areas. There are also multiple BBQ designated areas, some with a very good view of the area.

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