On Day Five of our Missouri Vacation we went to Ha Ha Tonka State Park. This park ended up being our absolute favorite park of the six Missouri state parks we visited. Because it is so huge, and we took so many pictures, I am going to divide this park into two separate posts. The first part will cover the castle ruins, the castle ruins trail and the Dells Rim Trail.
In 1903 a wealthy businessman named Robert M. Synder fell in love with the area and began purchasing land to build a private retreat. Construction began in 1905, but a year later Synder died in an automobile accident and he failed to realize his dream. His sons however, finished the project in 1922, although not as elaborate as originally planned. In 1942, after the castle was turned into a hotel, a chimney fire ignited the roof and destroyed the castle. The carriage house also burned. All that remained intact was the water tower which vandals burned in 1976. All that remains are ruins and the gorgeous view the inhabitants once enjoyed.
The remains of the carriage house.
It is a short walk from the parking lot to the castle ruins. Along this walk you see the carriage house, and these gorgeous views from a lookout point. The trail is paved so it is wheelchair and stroller accessible. It is 0.40 miles one way.
I must say the views from the lookouts and top of the castle ruins was incredible. I can't even imagine what the view must have been like from the top floors of the castle.
You can walk completely around the castle, but you can't go inside due to instability of the castle walls. It is fenced off to the public and there are warning signs everywhere.
View from Castle Ruins. How would you like to look out your window and see this every morning?
After touring the castle ruins, we headed back to the parking lot and onto the Dell Rim trail to check out the water tower. This trail was a boardwalk with a lot of steps. It is only 0.30 miles one way, but we used this trail to connect to other trails which I will talk about in next week's travel post.
The Dells Rim Trail was such a beautiful trail. It runs along the top of a cliff (Don't worry, it's safe. You have this nice boardwalk with a hand rail on either side to walk on) with views of the water below on one side and a lovely wildflower prairie on the other.
From this trail we then connected to the Colosseum Trail...but more on that next week!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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What a view! I am sure that castle was amazing before it burned down. Even the ruins are pretty!ReplyDelete
Oh I know, right? I kept wondering while I was there "Why don't they rebuild it? Or build another amazing hotel right here. It could be a nice hotel for park guests, like what the Grand Canyon has.Delete
I love excursions like this! Such a beautiful place. But don't get me started on vandals!! I just cannot imagine why people feel the need to destroy someone else's property.ReplyDelete
It was gorgeous! I so agree with you on vandals. It just makes no sense. So much tragedy in this place.Delete
What a view and I love the castle ruins, my husband would love that. You have been to a lot of Missouri Parks that I haven't been to yet and I live in this state. It looks like it was warm that day... and, it is still warm here! In the 70's!ReplyDelete
Isn't that the way it always is Carrie? We rarely visit our own hometown or state but are off jet-setting to other places. Yes, it was warm. Probably in the upper 70's or low 80s.Delete
I love that you all always make a point to visit the parks. This one look incredible!ReplyDelete
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Always Amy! We love State Parks, a great way to see a state and not spend much money.Delete
I love historic buildings, it's fun to imagine what it was like way back when. I bet those views from their bedroom were amazing! So sad he died in the auto accident before realizing his dream, but so glad his sons carried it through for him.ReplyDelete
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I know I do the same thing! That is so sad that he died.Delete
Looks like a fabulous time at a beautiful place.ReplyDelete
I love visiting old castles, this looks like such a cool state park. How many have you visited?ReplyDelete
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In Missouri? Six. In the USA...to many to count!Delete
That looks like a really cool place to visit.ReplyDelete
It was! Thanks for visiting!Delete
Another great travel post, Amy. Is that the Missouri river we see? And what happy memories of summer, seeing a wash of green foliage ... and shorts! Hugs, x.ReplyDelete
It's actually The Lake of the Ozarks. Because the water winds through the area, it looks like a river.Delete
What a beautiful area! I too love old buildings and ruins and this would just be a perfect place to visit. What gorgeous views!ReplyDelete
Yes, it was gorgeous and the ruins made it even more fun!Delete
Looks like a nice place to visit! Thank you Amy for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty #22. I shared your post on G+ and Tw.ReplyDelete