The history and adventure of one of Missouri's premiere scenic sights is now at your fingertips with a new interactive tour of Ha Ha Tonka State Park at Lake of the Ozarks.
The history and adventure of one of Missouri’s premiere scenic sights is now at your fingertips with a new interactive tour of Ha Ha Tonka State Park at Lake of the Ozarks.
Each more than 500,000 people visit Camden County’s Ha Ha Tonka State Park, recently rated the most beautiful place in Missouri by Condé Nast Traveler. Most famous for its modern-day castle ruins, the park also features extensive hiking trails and natural wonders.
A new interactive tour for the curious offers a scavenger hunt type experience via any smartphone or tablet including Google Glass. Pinpointing spots of interest in the park, the app offers a preview and insider information on local lore and legends.
Educational for families and the generally curious, the tour highlights this geologic wonderland of sinkholes, caves, sheer bluffs, a huge natural bridge and Missouri’s 12th largest spring. The ruins of the turn-of-the-century stone castle — one of the points of interest in the tour of course — overlook sweeping views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring from a 250-foot bluff.
The tour includes seven stops starting at the visitor’s center and ending at the spring. The app provides a GPS map with location descriptions. Each stop can include a video, audio or photos along with game challenges. At each stop players are asked trivia questions that earn them points and virtual scrabble tiles to solve a puzzle. Players do not have to be at each physical location to play the entire game.
Michele Kroll, a University of Missouri Extension community development specialist, created the app-based program which features a map, pictures and some video.
“I developed the tour so that more local residents and tourists could take advantage of this beautiful Missouri state park with a family-friendly activity. Every place has a story to tell and we have a great one,” Kroll said.
To access the tour, go to the phone app store and download the free Guidigo app. Once in the app search for the “Lore and Legends of Ha Ha Tonka.” Download the tour. Once a tour is downloaded Wi-Fi does not become an issue.
The GPS map works in the car and on foot during the tour. To get a glimpse of what the tour looks like follow this link: https://www.guidigo.com/Web/QB72L0q2wxg