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One Tank Trips: Explore beautiful sights, rich history at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 07:46:28-05

CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — The state of Missouri acquired Ha Ha Tonka back in 1978 and aims to preserve its karst topography, which includes springs, sinkholes, natural bridges and caves.

The state park is located on 3,000 acres on the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Visitors can find more 17 miles of hiking trails and take part in numerous outdoor activities, including kayaking, boating and fishing. Camping options also are available.

Along with its natural beauty, Ha Ha Tonka is known for its rich history. The name Ha Ha Tonka translates to "laughing spirit" in reference to the springs.

The 41 Action News One Tank Trips crew were shown the top three attractions: the ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle, a natural bridge and Missouri’s 12th largest spring.

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Visiting the park is free, and you can find more information on how to plan your visit here.