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.
Take a look at our Camdenton trip planner to schedule your visit to Ha Ha Tonka State Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Source
Create an itinerary including Ha Ha Tonka State Park
map
Places to stay near Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Ha Ha Tonka State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
623 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • It cracks us up this is considered to be a castle, instead it was a rather overly large house of which the ruins are few and now cordoned off to the public. However it's a great place to grill out and...  more »
  • This park offers walking trails, a place to swim, a beautiful walk around a large spring, great picnic areas, and the ruins of a beautiful mansion. I highly recommend a visit there.  more »
  • 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 »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Camdenton

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Ha Ha Tonka State Park by other users

2 days in Osage Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Hermann BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Lake Ozark BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Lake of the Ozarks BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Rolla BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Osage Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Camdenton BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Lake of the Ozarks BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Lake Ozark BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans