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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  • 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 »
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  • I really enjoyed Ha Ha Tonka it was very beautiful. There is a hike for all skill levels. The natural bridge was really cool with a little water dripping down. There was even a large trout hanging out in the spring. The castle was amazing my only disappointment was that you could not go in the castle. A new fence is now errected around the castle and carriage house.
  • We love this park! We would visit every year when we were kids. Back before everything was paved and blocked off. We would park on the road and hike up to the castle. It's still a beautiful place!
  • Beautiful park where there's always something to see. Be sure to dress for the terrain (pants/ boots) to see more. Some more popular areas are easy to access in a pair of flip flops (like castle or even spring) but if you want to do more definitely dress the part.
  • 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
  • My family and I had such a great time here! There are so many interesting things to see from the castle ruins to the natural spring. The trails are amazing and allow you to explore so many amazing things at the park. We will definitely be visiting Ha ha Tonka again in the near future.
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