Lake of the Ozarks State Park
The state park offers easy access to stunning Ozark landscapes from its campsites located by the side of the lake. Spending a night here is the best way to see the 17,000 acres of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, as well as its miles and miles of shoreline. It’s the largest state park in Missouri and features activities such as cavern exploring, boating, swimming, and hiking.
The Lake Trail is one of the more popular trekking routes, and there’s a great deal of exercise to be had along all 13 miles of the Trail of Four Winds, which also offers numerous water views. For those who prefer activities on the water, the Lake of the Ozarks’ two State Park Marinas offers all you need to experience the best of the lake, including swimming beaches, fishing supplies, and boat rentals. To round off all of that, there are guided tours of Ozark Caverns offered by the state park, which is the best way to see these underground artworks.
For anyone who likes to appreciate how a marvel of a site such as the Lake of the Ozarks was created, it’s definitely worth paying a visit to Bagnell Dam. The dam, which was built in 1932, impounds the Osage River, while spanning over 2,500 feet.
Visitors have the opportunity to see the engineering for themselves, such as the Bagnell Dam Overlook. The Bagnell Dam Strip, which is on the opposing side, provides traditional summer fun, including the Hot Summer Nights motor festival, unique shops, and family-friendly restaurants.
The Swinging Bridges of Brumley
Situated within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, near Brumley Village, are two steel-suspension bridges that have stood for generations and that today remain an attraction to visitors. The 134 ft Miller Creek Bridge and the 414 ft Grand Auglaize were constructed by Joseph A. Dice in the 1930s.
Today, visitors can drive right over the Auglaize Bridge’s loose planks. There’s dense woodland that surrounds both bridges, which is great for such activities as swimming in Auglaize Creek’s shallows or camping in the ashore sites.
To see another of Missouri’s most prominent features, it’s definitely worth visiting Bridal Cave. It’s a particularly great option for families as both veteran adventurers and young explorers have been known to fall in love with this place.
Bridal Cave, located close to Camden, has a long history. In fact, it dates back hundreds of years before the lake was even formed. Bridal Cave also had an important role to play in the Osage Native American folklore and traditions, and even borrowed its name after it.
There are a number of hour-long tours that are offered in the day that provide more information on the history of this landmark. Visitors can see the mysterious lakes, sensitive soda straws, and the giant columns on the guided route, and find out why Bridal Cave ranks among the best Lake of the Ozarks attractions.