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Spring Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (9)

The popular parts are mostly level while the more challenging parts are via stairs and boardwalks.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Loop

889' 271 m

High

711' 217 m

Low

178' 54 m

Up

178' 54 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

It is illegal to enter or litter in any part of the pool, spring creek, or spring.

Description

Most people start in the lower parking area (37.973806, -92.774332) and go east. It's a nearly level hike to the spring and back. Most of the way is paved or boardwalk, accessible, and wide enough to pass people going either way.

At the connector to an "island" in the valley, some historical remains of a mill's race can be seen, with warm-water turtles in the old mill pond. Only a few parts of the trail to the spring are natural terrain, narrow, and not ADA accessible, such as where the trail goes between boulders.

The spring valley is forested but canyon like, due to being a collapsed cave system. The spring forms a large creek that flows into a large pool (rich with plants and often wildlife), which drains on the far side of the island into Lake of the Ozarks. Blue spring water emerges from under a cliff, and trout may be seen there for those who look closely for movement.

Beyond the spring, the path becomes stairs and boardwalk, rising steeply up a cliff face. At the top, there is a choice to take other trails, or continue the loop around and eventually back to the lower parking area. Much of the trails at the top are over natural terrain and singletrack, although wider in the more popular parts and narrower in others. Vistas, as well as massive, cliff-ringed sinkholes, are easier to see in winter months without tree leaves. Glades and forests feature a variety of flowers and other plants during the growing season. The connector can be used as a shortcut back to the lower parking area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Garrison with improvements by Zac Nixon

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  3.9 from 9 votes

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Photos

The "Balance Rocks" mentioned in the description.
Dec 9, 2019 near Camdenton, MO
The massive bluff facing the trail. The castle remains are at the top of this bluff. Watch for rockfall if kayaking below, as pictured.
Dec 6, 2019 near Camdenton, MO
On the Ha Ha Tonka Spring Trail, winter time, looking northwest, across the spring pool at cliffs below the "castle." About:  37.973956, -92.768286
Oct 27, 2018 near Camdenton, MO
Winter sunset on a calm day, looking across Lake of the Ozarks from the bridge connecting Ha Ha Tonka's Spring Trail and Island Trail.  About:  37.974176, -92.771760
Oct 27, 2018 near Camdenton, MO
On the Spring Trail, where the upper boardwalk skirts around a cliff face. Without leaves in winter, it's easier to see distant features, such as the "castle's" water tower in the background.  About:  37.973922, -92.766711
Oct 27, 2018 near Camdenton, MO
On the Ha Ha Tonka Spring Trail, above the spring. Looking back down the stairs from the spring, with the lower trail visible in the right side distance.  About:  37.973922, -92.766711
Oct 27, 2018 near Camdenton, MO

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Oct 17, 2021
Jason Haas
Jun 5, 2021
Rick Walker
2h 45m
Nov 2, 2019
Zac Nixon
Time trial on stairs, up and down. — 0h 14m
Nov 23, 2017
Katie Jaschke
Thanksgiving hike!
Nov 9, 2017
Katie Bassett
Great day for hiking. I hiked several of the shorter trails. Mostly clear with tons of leaves. Pay attention to the trail markers and you'll be fin… 4.5mi
Sep 8, 2017
Jenie Luce
Mar 18, 2017
Todd Steffens