The largest state park in Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks is a wildly popular destination for swimming, fishing, boating, or simply taking in the scenery from a shady campsite or picnic area. Along the lake’s shoreline, visitors will also find 12 hiking and biking trails, equestrian paths, caves, and two swimming beaches with imported sand for sunning. The infamous Party Cove, once dubbed “the oldest established permanent bacchanal in the country,” is often packed with rows of big boats and plenty of booze, but more relaxed areas can be found throughout the park, whether you want to spend time on the water or explore the open woodlands, sunny glades, small springs, and towering bluffs that surround the lake.

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