Explore Ha Ha Tonka
In 1904, Kansas City businessman Robert Snyder set out to build a European-style mansion high above the Ozark foothills. Nearly 40 years later, the home caught fire, leaving a stone skeleton behind. Today, that castle (left) anchors Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
On sunny days, the ruins frame patches of bright blue sky, making for striking photographs. The rest of the more than 3,700-acre park showcases the area’s natural beauty. Sharp-eyed visitors will spot wild hydrangea clinging to rock faces, yellow coneflowers dotting the hillsides and red-eared slider turtles basking on logs.