Park Trails

at Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Hidden Springs Trail

  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Hidden Springs Trail goes through native Missouri woodlands to bluff tops above the lake. Depending on the season, users may see flowering dogwoods, hear pileated woodpeckers or feel the cool temperatures of a seasonal spring. In addition to the abundant natural history in this area, the trail also passes near a small family cemetery.

The trail shares a trailhead and section with White Oak Trail and intersects with Trail of Four Winds for a longer hike or ride.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.5 Miles 1 hour, 45 minutes Loop Green On Hwy. 134 approximately 4.6 miles from the main park entrance

Trail of Four Winds

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 13.5 Miles View map

The longest trail in the park, Trail of Four Winds, travels through almost every type of natural community in Lake of the Ozarks State Park. This diversity provides stunning views of the lake, rock outcrops, breathtaking overlooks, seasonal streams, ponds and woodlands.  Depending on the time of the year and the section, encounters with Cooper’s hawks, white-tailed deer and fence lizards are not uncommon.

The trail is divided into two sections with a north loop and a south loop; two connectors are available to make your hike longer or shorter. White connector 2 on the south loop is approximately 2.25 miles long. White Connector 3 on the North Loop is approximately .60 mile long. In addition there is a .30 mile spur on the South Loop that leads to a scenic overlook.

Having a trail map or topographic map is strongly suggested before using this trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Road/highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette

 

North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4.25 Miles 4 hours, 15 minutes Loop Green 1.) On Hwy. 134, 1.2 miles south of the trail information center; 2.) On Ridgecrest Road off Hwy. 134
South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
9.25 Miles 9 hours, 15 minutes Loop Red 1.) On Hwy. 134, 1.2 miles south of the trail information center; 2.) On Ridgecrest Road off Hwy. 134

White Oak Trail

  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 1 Mile View map

White Oak Trail is a quiet, shaded trail that follows along a ridge top where various woodland animals such as northern fence lizards, three-toed box turtles or eastern chipmunks may be seen. After hiking about .20 miles, the trail splits in two to form a loop.  On the right, white connector 1 is a .20-mile long connector trail that joins Fawn’s Ridge Trail for those wanting a longer hike. White connector 1 and Fawn’s Ridge Trail are open to hikers only.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1 Mile 45 minutes Loop Orange On Hwy. 134 approximately 4.6 miles from the main park entrance