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.
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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  • Great scenery, wonderful "Castle Ruins" neat Photo ops. Spend the time to drive through the entire park and if you are able walk/hike the numerous trails and pathways.  more »
  • Even though they’ve put up barriers to keep people out of the structure itself, it’s beautiful and you can see for miles.  more »
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  • What a nice place for a day hike! The views from the site are spectacular. You’re on a high bluff and you can see for miles. The ruins of the house itself are pretty impressive even in its current state. What a grand house it would have been. I would recommend this place for novice to intermediate level hikers, it’s not too strenuous for most. I will definitely come back.
  • Really fantastic hidden treasure of Missouri. Trails are not lying when they say they're difficult to navigate. I'm 5 foot tall and had a hard time hoisting myself over small crevices passing as "paths" in a couple of rock formations. I'm sure they are adequate paths when you're a person blessed with normal height. Really fun, will definitely be bringing my kids for some of the less difficult trails.

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