• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    0.7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    65 Feet

Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

Hike to a natural bridge and sinkhole in the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area.

This park is best known for its castle ruins, which are also worth a visit. On the Colosseum Trail, you will hike down through a large 150ft deep sinkhole (the Colosseum) and under a natural stone bridge. After climbing out of the sinkhole you will reach a ridge with nice views. In spring, you will be in the company of blooming dogwoods and wildflowers.

Photo Credit: Jim Bauer and Heath Cajandig

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  • Sun protection
  • Water
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Beautiful. Can't wait to go back in the fall.

11 months ago
11 months ago

I combine this hike with the spring trail, both are beautiful year round. The natural bridge is pretty neat if you haven't seen one of good size before. I do this hike 3-4 times a year and it's always been a great family location to take kids or friends that have never been to the Ozarks. If you want to feed into the spring trail- be prepared for about 316 stairs down to the spring (and then going back up.)

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

It is not very long but if combined with other hikes in Haha Tonka State park it is worth the drive. I went down to the spring while I was there which is fun and the castle ruins are also really neat to look at.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

We usually stop in to visit the castle any time we're in the area. The other trails are just challenging enough to keep us coming back.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The park has a lot of good areas and trails. My favorite is the island(by the lake towards the spring) you will find its a bit more difficult and there are areas where you can do some climbing. You can also find climbing towards the natural arch farther into the park, it's a good hike for all.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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