Ha Ha Tonka State Park: Devil’s Kitchen Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Take a short hike through a state park that is well known for its numerous hiking trails. The Devil’s Kitchen Trail offers many of the park’s tourist sites all packed into one hike. A large sinkhole, glades, chert woodlands, a natural bridge, and views of the old castle ruins are just some of the sites that hikers can enjoy on this trek.
The area that is now Ha Ha Tonka State Park was almost Missouri’s first state park. In 1909 Missouri Governor Herbert Hadley proposed the idea but had his proposal rejected. So instead of becoming the first state park, the Ha Ha Tonka area had to wait until 1978 to become a state park. It is surprising considering that this area is known as “Missouri’s karst showcase.” Features like a 70-foot-wide, 60-foot-long natural bridge, 150-foot-deep sink-holes, numerous caves, and even old castle ruins would seem to make this area a shoo-in for a state park."