Monday, August 11, 2008
Boats moored off the swimming hole pictured above.
The Island Trail makes a circle around the Island. We were unable to see "Balanced Rock" because the trail was closed for maintenance.
Picnic area and entrance to Spring Trail. An old grist mill stood at this location at one time. Notice the grist wheel to the right. Another view of the Ruins a little further along the trail.
Green pond with ferns. It appears the water was diverted along the Island to power the mill.
Channel along the Island.
The water is a steady 58 degrees all year around. Notice the mist that forms when the cool spring water meets the warmer outside air.
Panel explaining the spring. The spring discharges 48 million gallons of water daily.
Boardwalk the half mile walk back to the spring. This is the boardwalk seen from the Ruins.
The water is a lovely turquoise color and alive with plants & fish.
Another view along the channel with the bluffs towering above.
Ha Ha Tonka spring is the 12th largest spring in Missouri.
A million shades of blue and green greet you along the hike to the spring.
Another angle of the Water Tower.
The Missouri Archives contains an interesting old photo of the Water Tower at:
The Colosseum is a large sink hole over 500 feet long and 300 feet wide. If I understand correctly, the bridge was formed when a cave collapsed. The bridge is what remains of what was once the roof of the cave.
The bridge is listed with the Natural Arch and Bridge Society at:
Side view of the Castle ruins.
Interior shot of the Castle.
This area appears to have been the Kitchen. There is an iron rod which extends across the fireplace on which to hang pots and kettles. It seems logical the kitchen would have been in the back of the Castle though no floor plan of the Castle was available to confirm our hypothesis.
View of the Castle as you approach up the pathway. The stone for the Castle came from nearby quarries.
In August 2008, my husband and I visited Ha Ha Tonka State Park near Camdenton, Missouri. Prior to our visit, I attempted to find information and pictures on the park and could locate very little of either. As a result, I decided to publish some of my pictures for individuals like me who may want to learn more about the park before visiting. Feel free to post your own pictures and experiences for fellow travelers.
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