Hiking The Lake of the Ozarks State Park This Fall

We all know the key to hiking is finding the perfect walking stick!

And, of course, bringing along a canteen of water, a fanny pack full of snacks, and a handkerchief in case you work up a sweat.

While the Lake of the Ozarks itself is the star of the show in the summer, the hiking trails at Ozarks State Park provide a breathtaking walk through some of the most gorgeous, colorful foliage in all the nation.

If you’re coming to stay at one of our properties this fall, here are three hiking trails we recommend:

Lake Trail – 1.5 miles long – VIEW MAP
Part of this trail is densely shaded and covered in ferns, while the rest is open and rocky. Between the two extremes, the trail will take you along the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition to the natural history, evidence of the past and present cultural history can also be seen. Lake Trail is a study in what this part of Missouri has become.

Rocky Top Trail – 2 miles long – VIEW MAP
This popular trail climbs to one of the largest glades in the park. Historically influenced by periodic fires, these dolomite glades are becoming rarer as cedars encroach and choke out the native vegetation. Rocky Top Glade is managed by periodic fires to help maintain its natural integrity. Once you have hiked through the glade, native Ozark woodlands with its composition of white oaks, bluestem and asters become the norm. Crossing through the ravine, you will come to a rich north facing slope that gives way to dolomite cliff overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks.

This trail is actually two loops joined together for a total of about two miles.  After hiking for approximately half a mile, you will come to an intersection. At this point you can finish the first loop by hiking back along the lakeshore to the parking lot and trailhead for a total hike of about one mile. If you would like a longer hike, cross the small ravine up to the overlook on the lake and loop back. This will be an additional 1.5 miles of hiking.

Bluestem Knoll Trail – 0.80 miles long – VIEW MAP
Settlers arriving in Missouri more than two centuries ago encountered a landscape much different than what is found in the Ozarks today. Widely spaced trees, tall native grasses and large herbivores were characteristic of the natural communities found in central Missouri. Through active management practices such as prescribed burning, removal of exotic species and opening of the canopy, these native landscapes are being restored.  Bluestem Knoll Trail goes through one of these areas actively managed by the park.

NOTE: Lake of the Ozarks is privately owned and the two Missouri State Parks are unaffected by the Federal Shutdown.

Inside Look: Charlie’s Lake House at the Lake of the Ozarks

This lakefront home will captivate you with it relaxing lake appeal. The home is perfect for families and an ideal destination for couple get-a-ways. This property has wonderful views of the Main Channel and at night you can faintly hear live band music from the nearby restaurant. Grab your favorite chair, sit back, relax and watch all the action under the canopy of native trees (one deck built around one great big oak tree). You’ll certainly be taken in by everything this home has to offer.

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This home comes packed with everything a lake vacationer would need and all your living space is on one level! The living room boasts extra comfortable furnishings with a leather sofa and two reclining chairs nestled around a wonderful rock fireplace. The kitchen comes with dining for two and additional seating for six to eight is available in the Sitting Room. Directly behind the kitchen is the lakefront master bedroom (queen size bed)with private shower bath. Off the entry are Two bedrooms. One bedroom has two full size beds and the second bedroom has a queen size bed. The second bedroom also has a view of the lake and outside access to the upper deck. Off the Sitting Room is the guest shower bath. The laundry room is in the converted mudroom which resides next to the kitchen.

Sleeps: 8

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

READ MORE about Charlie’s Lake House…

Coming Soon: The Versailles Apple Festival!

Summer is for spending hours on the Lake.

Fall is for festivals!

There are a lot of different fall events at the Lake of the Ozarks, but the Versailles Apple Festival is a must-attend.

This year’s festival is on October 6th — mark your calendar or be sure to book your stay with us that weekend!

As always, there will be fantastic live music and all things apple – apple pie, apple jam, apple juice, apple sauce, and more!

Do you have any tips for the festival?? If so, leave them in the comments section below.

5 Delicious Recipes For This Fall

Another great reason to stay with us (in a vacation rental) is that you have a full kitchen!  No more crusty, half-warmed hotel buffets.  With fall just a few weeks away, be sure to hit the supermarket before settling in for the weekend. Hy-Vee and Paul’s Supermarket are both great places to get the groceries to make these delicious fall recipes!

  • Hot Apple Cider: Nothing says falls like Hot Apple Cider! Add a little rum for that extra kick!
  • Pumpkin Pie French Toast: This french toast of course includes some pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices in the batter to give it the pumpkin pie flavours.
  • Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese: A fall twist on traditional mac ‘n cheese.
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits: Sweet potatoes add a little natural sugar to biscuit dough. These are great right out of the oven, split in two, and stuffed with Virginia ham for a scrumptious sandwich.
  • Pumpkin Parfait: This parfait is a super easy, super yummy treat…perfect for breakfast, a mid day snack, or dessert! It tastes rich and creamy while at the same time remaining light and healthy.

Property Pairings: Evening Rose & Sunset Cove

Are you tried of the same ‘ol family reunion at the same ‘ol location?  Change things up and come to the Lake of the Ozarks for your next family gathering!!  Two of our properties, Sunset Cove and Evening Rose, are close together so you can enjoy the beauty of the lake without the stuffy, cramped space of a hotel. Together, these properties will comfortably sleep 22 people!

Homes Lakeside with grassy yard and easy water access for kids.

Evening Rose: This 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom is both kid-friendly and a layout adults will love as well!  There’s a TV in just about every room, Air Hockey, a spacious dining room table, and gas grill to have a cookout. As a bonus, all guests will receive 10% off a boat rental from Pirate’s Point. READ MORE

Lakeside of home, with grassy yard, screened in porch and shaded upper deck

Sunset Cove: This beautiful, lakeside home has a big, grassy yard, screened in porch and shaded upper deck. There’s plenty of room, as this property sleeps 10 people, has 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. The kitchen has a bar area, WIFI internet access throughout the house, and a living area kids will love. READ MORE