Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton

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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.
Construction 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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  • The trails are clearly marked and are mostly on wooden walkways. I suggest driving to the spring first and walk from there. There are MANY steps if coming in from the front of the park. For older or.....  more
    The trails are clearly marked and are mostly on wooden walkways. I suggest driving to the spring first and walk from there. There are MANY steps if coming in from the front of the park. For older or.....  more »
  • The leaves had fallen so you couldn't see the path very well but with the amount of people (very popular place) it looks like the path was beaten down enough that it was worth enjoyment of walking... 
    The leaves had fallen so you couldn't see the path very well but with the amount of people (very popular place) it looks like the path was beaten down enough that it was worth enjoyment of walking...  more »
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  • This is such a great place to go and enjoy nature, hand build castle and water tower ruins are amazing and the trails are spectacular! Stop by enjoy this State Park when you're in the area, it will not disappoint you even if you're just admiring from a parking spot. Handicap accessible spots throughout, just pick up a map at the entrance off of D highway or one of the entrances to the trails. Such a great place to visit while @ Lake of the Ozarks for sure! The Castle, Spring / falls area, Island are just a few of the many attractions here to enjoy.
  • We always love taking a drive down to Ha Ha Tonka just to sight-see, go for a hike, or visit the castle. The park is always clean, the restrooms are clean, and the parking is plenty for the average crowd. We've also kayaked in the lake with our own kayaks, although they do have kayak rentals available on the grounds.

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