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This state park is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It marvelously combines the lake's natural beauty with intriguing history. Fall colors abound, and there are a series of trails and boardwalks carved out so you can easily explore for hours. There is a wonderful spring trail to experience, and you can climb the 316 steps to the trails leading to the castle ruins on the bluff, or skip the climb and drive to the trails up top.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
This state park boasts miles and miles of untouched nature to explore in a variety of different ways. There are trails to hike or bike, and even ride horses. You'll find open woodlands, sunny glades, small springs, streams, and bluff-top views. Camping is even available to those wanting to spend an autumn night under the stars.
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A drive across Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark gives you a great view of the Lake of the Ozarks on one side and the Osage River on the other, along with all of that amazing foliage surrounding the banks. There is a scenic overlook up the road from the dam which is a wonderful place to check out the seasonal changes, and Willmore Lodge is right there too. It has it's own gorgeous view from the historic building, plus a visitor center where you can find information about many other places to visit while you are in the area.
Thunder Mountain Park
Now is an excellent time to explore Thunder Mountain Park. You can enjoy it by land on our trail, by water if you boat to us and park at the dock, or even from the air on our 100-foot tall fire tower. The tower has a viewing platform at 80-feet that gives you a 360° view of the land in all its glorious fall colors!
Fall Festival Through October
In addition to all of the seasonal beauty that nature is providing us with, our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction is still all decked out for our Thunder Mountain Fall Festival. We've covered the entire place in pumpkins, corn stalks, straw bales, and colorful mums. The best part about all of the locally grown fall decorations that we used in the park is that you can take some of that fall color home with you!
Since our fall decor is from local mid-Missouri farms, we are able to offer incredible pricing to you. Corn stalks and straw bales are only $3 each, those gorgeous mums are just $6 each, and we've got large pumpkins for $3 a piece. Right now, you can even pick up a pumpkin painted by our pumpkin painting artist for just $3, and since the festival is in it's last half, beginning on Saturday, October 21 you can pick up 1 FREE PUMPKIN for every cave tour ticket purchased.
The Thunder Mountain Fall Festival will continue through the month of October, and it's open daily during our regular business hours, 9 am - 4 pm, and all activities are included with the purchase of a Bridal Cave tour ticket. On the weekends, we also have additional entertainment planned. So make your plans to swing by our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction while you're in the area enjoying all of that breathtaking fall beauty that Mother Nature has given us. It's a perfect activity for everyone to enjoy. Family Fun... As It Should Be!
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Camdenton, MO 65020