Best Hiking Trails in Lake of the Ozarks State Park
There are several great trails open for exploration, all of which are easily accessible from Lake of the Ozarks State Park cabins. There are trails that follow the lake through woodland and over rocky terrain, and cater to all experience levels. You can walk the wild Bluestem Knoll Trail, see the ecology of Coakley Hollow, and finish with Fawn's Ridge.
1. Bluestem Knoll Trail
This trail will give you a glimpse into the past as you walk among the native grasses and wildflowers which haven't changed in centuries. It has steepness of more than 10% and has a natural footing.
2. Coakley Hollow Trail
This trail is a wonder of diverse ecology. You can find rare species such as Riddell's goldenrod, Ozark sculpins, and also six different natural communities. There are structural crossings and stone steps and it might not be ideal for small children.
3. Fawn's Ridge Trail
This trail offers a hike through the dense woodland that surrounds the lake. There are native white oaks, elm-leaved goldenrods, mockernut hickories, and many others. The trail is wheelchair accessible, has two routes, and a similar terrain to Coakley Hollow.
Best Family Activities in Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Lake of the Ozarks State Park is a real treat for kids, and a chance to enjoy the best of the stunning Midwest. The whole family can visit fun-parks, enjoy lake cruises, and even go horseback riding among a variety of other activities. Lake of the Ozarks State Park hotels provide access to further facilities.
1. Lemans Family Fun Park
Visit the lake's original go-kart facility. Established in 1965, you'll find miniature go-karts, bumper boats, and even a mini golf course that is perfect for young children. If the weather isn't at its best, you can check out Miner Mike's – an indoor arcade.
2. Ozark Caverns
The Ozarks are full of subterranean geology that's best enjoyed on an informative tour. See many types of cave dwellers such as bats, salamanders, and a variety of invertebrates. There is both a traditional and children's tour, the latter of which caters to ages five and above.
This resort offers horseback riding and an indoor pool, alongside a spa, arcade games, basketball, and many other activities. You can go with your kids, or leave them with staff to take a day on the lake to yourself.