There are many reasons why the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the most popular vacation spots in Missouri and not all of them have to deal with the lake itself. There are hiking trails in the area of varying difficulties that allow you to appreciate the unique beauty of the lake.
The following list consists of Lake of the Ozarks State Park trails.
Rocky Top Trail
Length: 2 miles
Trail Type: Loop
The Rocky Top Trail at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park is one of the most popular hiking trails in the area. It consists of two loops joined by an intersection, which allows you to take a shorter hike if you'd like.
One of the reasons why this trail is so popular is due to the fact that it winds through one of the largest glades in the park, an ecosystem that is becoming more and more rare as time goes on. The glade is actively managed by periodic fires to help maintain the integrity of the landscape.
After passing through the glade, hikers will love the sights of the Ozark woods, filled with white oaks and bluestem grass, as well as the dolomite cliff overlook above the Lake of the Ozarks.
If you are looking for more of a hiking challenge, try the Trail of the Four Winds at Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
This trail consists of two loops, one blazed in green and the other red. The two loops overlap on one side. Combined, the loops make up the longest trail in the park, allowing travelers to see most of the ecosystems present within the park. From gorgeous lakeside views, to tranquil woodlands and periodic wildlife encounters, hiking the trail will be sure to make lasting memories.
Hikers should note that much of the Trail of the Four Winds is rugged terrain with plenty of slippery surfaces to account for. Would be travelers should also have a map of the area, as it can be easy to get lost.
The Hidden Springs Trail at Lake of the Ozarks State Park allows travelers to experience some of Missouri's natural woodlands while experiencing a fantastic view of the lake. Hikers can expect to encounter equestrians and mountain bikers while on the trail.
For those wishing a longer hiking experience, you'll be happy to know that the Hidden Springs Trail intersects with both the White Oak Trail, as well as the Trail of the Four Winds. The entirety of the Hidden Springs Trail surface is natural terrain, meaning that it will mostly be rocky, and you may need to keep an eye out for mud.
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