Monday, August 11, 2008

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

In August 2008, my husband and I planned a week-end visit to Ha Ha Tonka State Park located near Camdenton, Missouri. Upset I was unable to find many photos or information on the park, I determined to post my own photos and commentary to assist any future travelers.

Ha Ha Tonka is a Day Use Only Park (no camping). In less than 8 hours we were able to tour the majority of the sites. I found the Castle Ruins interesting but my favorite hike was back to the clear, blue Ha Ha Tonka Spring.

Feel free to post your own travel comments, recommendation or tips about visiting the park.


Chuck, Natalie & Wiley the Wonder Dog

The Island Trail at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

The trek up Island Trail is steep. You may wish to bring a dog to pull you up the hill.
View of the steps leading down to the cave.
View of entrance to the cave. You must have a pre-arranged guide to take you inside.

View of the inside of the cave taken throught the bars. It looks pretty tight. There more caves located within the park as well as, commercial caves located outside the park nearby.
Wiley the Wonder dog considers spulunking.
Children swimming where the spring water flows into the Lake.
A popular swim hole on the other side of the Island.
Boats moored off the swimming hole pictured above.
Mist on the spring water.
Ha Ha Tonka Mist

The Island Trail makes a circle around the Island. We were unable to see "Balanced Rock" because the trail was closed for maintenance.