A 13.3-mile water trail on the Big Niangua Arm of Lake of the Ozarks and on the river itself offers various scenic and historic points of interest. This is a great paddle trip

1. Lake of the Ozarks Aquatic Trail

A nine-mile boating excursion along the Glaize Arm of the lake that runs from of Lake of the Ozarks State Park Public Beach #1 to Grand Glaize Beach, each of the trail's stops are marked with a buoy, pointing out such things as Lumberman's Logging Chute, a gap in the bluff used a century ago to push railroad ties into Grand Glaize Creek.

2. Big Niangua River Trail

A 13.3-mile water trail on the Big Niangua Arm of Lake of the Ozarks and on the river itself offers various scenic and historic points of interest. This is a great paddle trip. You’ll enjoy views of steep terrain and caves. Large dolomite outcroppings can be found along the river.

3. Go dam to dam

For a whole day or even weekend of taking in the beauty of Lake of the Ozarks in the fall, get out in your motor boat and go dam to dam, Bagnell to Truman.

4. Hit the trails

Ha Ha Tonka State Park and Lake of the Ozarks State Park offer many great hiking trails, and fall is perfect timing. Some of our favorites for autumn color viewing include Dell Rim Trail at Ha Ha Tonka and Rocky Top Trail at Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Dell Rim offers views across the Whispering Dell Sinkhole toward the famous castle ruins of the park. Rocky Top takes you down almost to the lake, walking along the shoreline. 

5. Westside wayfare

One of the best hills for color is easy to get to - the cliff on the south side of the Highway 5 Hurricane Deck Bridge at Sunrise Beach. One of the best driving routes in the Lake area whether its for fall leaves or spring dogwoods is Highway 5 from Versailles to Camdenton with a great alternative loop including Highway 135 between Stover and Laurie. 

6. Horseshoe Bend

Travel Horseshoe Bend Parkway from Highway 54 to the Village of Four Seasons for a beautiful display for autumnal splendor.

7. North shore

Highway W between Versailles and Lake Ozark is a beautiful fall drive. Slow down on this windy byway through the countryside and take it all in.

8. Westward ho

Highway J from Climax Springs to Macks Creek is another great route off the beaten path. You’ll want to take this one slowly as well. There’s at least one hairpin turn, but the views are worth it.

9. Saline Valley

Drive through the Saline Valley for some incredible fall leaf peeping. Take Highway M southeast out of Eldon to the Saline Valley Conservation Area. You can loop back to Highway 52 via Woods Road and Catfish Road, or take Route M to Highway 17 and come back toward Tuscumbia.