Who wants to go caving? And explore castle ruins? Camdenton MO, where Ha Ha Tonka park/castle and Bridal Cave are...65020 zip code... $12 or less for cave, castle is free. We had such a great day on our scouting expedition!!! Ha Ha Tonka is so amazing, we will now spend more time there. You WON'T be disappointed. Drive time is exactly 3 hrs, so plan accordingly with carpools... Our schedule is leave KC @ 7 am, arrive at Ha Ha Tonka @ 10 am. Probably be there till 1:00. Grab lunch in Camdenton and take to BRIDAL CAVE for picnic. Tour cave. Leave 4ish and home by 7pm.
We saw clear springs, sinkholes, sunning turtles, ducks, otters, cave wall formations...too much to list. PLEASE BE AWARE...THE HIKE INVOLVES A 300 STEP DESCENT DOWN TO LAKE. No one will be left behind, but understand, it's NOT wheelchair accessible, and not a walk for those that might have difficulty walking down 300 stairs.
If I could, I would carry everyone on my back to see this place. Those not sure about the hike,,,consider still going and enjoy the cave and castle. Us drivers will park our cars at the bottom/lake and shuttle everyone back to top. Directions to HHT... 2.5-3 hrs fr Kansas City. Will post tips to find before trip. Also my cell is 913-669-4198