Ha Ha Tonka: Beauty in the Ozarks

The blue waters of Ha Ha Tonka Spring, Missouri.


When I saw this article today I was reminded of a fun canoe trip down the Niangua River, which included a hike into Ha Ha Tonka State Park. I can only imagine how beautiful this place would be with fall colors of changing leaves. I remember being at the ruins and looking down on a cove of Lake of the Ozarks, mesmerized by the intense aqua-blue of the water as a spring seep met the lake’s edge. I have pictures of my visit to the ruins there; sadly, they are old-school paper, and probably hiding deep in a closet at my mother’s house.

Ruins of the lodge building at Ha Ha Tonka.

If you live in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, or Oklahoma, you should plan a fall visit to Ha Ha Tonka as it is quite beautiful, has great hiking, and is adjacent to very fun fishing and canoeing opportunities–including Bennett Spring State Park along the banks of the Niangua River.

For more information about Ha Ha Tonka State Park, visit the official web site.

Visit Ha Ha Tonka’s Flickr photo stream.

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