Ha Ha Tonka State park is an adventure for many visitors and residents. The construction on the HaHa Tonka Castle in Camdenton, Lake Of The Ozarks, MO was started in 1905 by a Kansas City businessman, Robert McClure. The large amount of land he purchased included a natural spring, which you can enjoy by walking some of the hiking trails in the park or the scenic overlook at the castle.
Snyder’s sons completed the construction of the castle in the late 1920s before the stock market crash. The Snyder family who lived in Kansas City used the castle as a summer and weekend home. In the late 1930s the castle was being used as a hotel, but in 1942 it was destroyed by a fire.
The castle grounds were purchased in 1978 and were transformed into one of the most beautiful state parks in Missouri. Over the years modifications and repairs were done to preserve it the best it could. In 2016 however it was determined that portions of the ruins were seeing mortar and stone failure and the beginning of collapse. The castle has now been sectioned off from the public actually stepping foot in the castle, however observation can clearly be seen from the nearby path.
One of my very favorite places around the lake to hike!