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Spring Trail



1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer loop
93% Runnable


Ascent: 178' 54 m
Descent: -178' -54 m
High: 889' 271 m
Low: 711' 217 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)


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

Brian Garrison

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

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


Most people start in the lower parking area (37.973806, -92.774332) and go east. It's a nearly level run 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.

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284 Since Oct 29, 2018



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
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, where it passes through fractured limestone with the spring creek in the background.  About: 37.973762, -92.767618
Oct 27, 2018 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
This is the 12th largest spring in Missouri, 56-degrees all year round.
Nov 13, 2016 near Camdenton, MO


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