John Muir, a dedicated naturalist and advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the U.S, once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” When was the last time you set out to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer? If it has been too long then it is time for you to plan a stay at our bed and breakfast in Osage Beach, MO. We are surrounded by incredible natural areas and state parks; places untouched and preserved where you can find peace, solitude, and the rejuvenation that only time in nature can bring. Lake of the Ozark’s State Park, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Ozark Caverns, and Bridal Cave are where we are exploring today!
Nearby State Parks & Cavern Tours
First up is Lake of the Ozarks State Park, which surrounds the Lake of the Ozarks. The area literally has it all—activities on land or on the lake for all ages to enjoy. There are two swimming beaches and boat rentals or ramps if you have brought your own watercraft. For hikers, backpackers or cyclists, there are a myriad of trails to enjoy. For guests staying with us you can also enjoy a relaxing picnic or try your luck with an afternoon of fishing.
Ozark Caverns tours at Lake of the Ozarks State Park are very popular and a great way to spend an afternoon. See soda straws, helictites, stalagmites, and perhaps glimpses of species of salamanders, bats, and invertebrates that you won’t ever see above ground! There are traditional tours and children’s tours options.
Bridal Cave at Thunder Mountain Park is another choice and it has been rated one of the most scenic caves in America. The tour lasts around an hour and then you can enjoy the Lakeside Viewing Deck, observation tower, nature trails, and snack center. They also have the Thunder Mountain Mining Company, a rock and mineral shop filled with treasures.
Next is Ha Ha Tonka State Park, often called a “geologic wonderland.” This park is a nice drive—just 15 minutes from our inn, and offers guests another place to explore caves and sinkholes, a huge natural bridge, and the ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle. There are many trails and boardwalks, places for boating and fishing, picnic areas and more.
These beautiful areas are just the tip of the iceberg when talking about the amazing places to see and enjoy here around Osage Beach. The folks at www.msn.com have Lake of the Ozarks listed #8 in their top places to visit this summer! The season is not over yet! Book a mid-week or weekend getaway and soak in all the last moments before the weather turns and fall is upon us!