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Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser

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  • We stayed at one of the campgrounds by the water and it was wonderful. Exceptionally clean facilities and the hottest water I have ever had in a park. The deer were all around us in the evening and th...  more »
  • Heavy rain a week ago. Wanted a dog friendly place next to Osage Beach for hiking. Saw a comment that Shady ridge trail was a nice hike. Unable to find any maps with the trails marked or information o...  more »
  • Our family rented 4 spots over the recent holiday weekend at this state park. Some of us had been there before, others hadn’t. The park itself is very large and has multiple loops – most loops had a p...  more »
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed the cave tour. Each individual gets their own electric lantern for the unlit cavern. There is a shower formation with a bathtub formation beneath it. This is the only one in a North American show cave according to the guide. We also enjoyed the self guided nature trail near the cave entrance. It's a one mile loop with a fair number of elevation changes along the way with boulders on the trail, so trekking poles are very nice for those who want more stability.
  • We. LOVED. This. Place! We were only there or a day, but we wish we could've stayed longer! The lake was gorgeous. The campground was beautiful with nicely paved roads. There were so many deer!!! It was beautiful! We pulled up to our yurt, and there was one right in front of it! The yurt was amazing! I liked the paved area in front of the yurt. It was nice to have with grilling and with the campfire. The wrap around deck was a great bonus! The inside was like a tardis! It seemed bigger on the inside than it was on the outside. Loved that it had a fridge and microwave. The beds were as comfortable as would be expected. The whole yurt and outside area was super clean. We stayed in the yurt that was approved for dogs, and our dog did well with it. It didn't smell of other dogs. The bathrooms were just across the street, a couple minute walk. I have nothing bad to say about this park! We'd love to go back and stay longer!
  • We loved LORA, despite the dock being closed and boats not being available due to recent floods and maintenance issues, the cabins are gorgeous and the RV sites are accessible and affordable. They could also stand to add a few miles of protected bicycle/jogging paths. The roads are narrow and traffic is often blinded by the hills and tight turns. Add protected trails and this is an easy 5.
  • My family and I hiked two trails here, the Rocky Top Trail and the Woodland Trail. The Rocky Top Trail is a great family friendly trail that's easy, but challenging enough that you still feel like it's a hike and not just a walk. It's clearly marked and the path is pretty rocky. The Woodland Trail was nice for the most part, but there were two fallen trees which blocked the path and we were unsure of whether or not the path continued. There are markers, but they aren't as clear and we almost went around the whole loop a second time because some markers were lacking. We also got 20+ ticks which was a definite downside. Overall though the park seemed nice and mostly well kept.
  • Despite the awesome quiet and beauty of this place, I can see this only as a fisherman and motor boaters destination. I like peace and quiet and during the season I suspect it is quite noisy. Our cabin (actually single wide) at the Ft. Leonardwood rec area smelled quite bad (cat pee and urine). Wish I could make this anonymous because I will probably stay here again. Next time we will stay in the log cabins. Had an awesome off season weekend though. The staff were friendly and helpful, but the lodging was anything but pleasant.