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We will be visiting Osage Beach for the 2nd time. Any suggestions for day trips about 1 to 1.5 hours away? Looking for hiking, or other scenic activity.

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1. Re: 2nd time

Though it's not far away, I trust you've been to Lake of the Ozarks State Park? Lots of hiking there and no development, in contrast to the rest of the lake. There are also cave tours in Ozark Caverns (May-Sept).

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is just down in Camdenton and is even more scenic.

If you like caves, another is in Onondaga Cave State Park, and is open April-October. It's less than two hours away, and also has some pretty nice hiking within the park.

Jefferson City is about 45 minutes away. Check out the Runge Nature Center when there - they have demonstrations and exhibits of Missouri flora and fauna and a fire tower that you can climb and learn about history of wildfire spotting and finding. The Capitol is there, as is the old state penitentiary, which offers tours (one of the most popular attractions in Jeff City).

South past Camdenton is Bennett Spring State Park. It has some nice hiking as well as the spring itself which is pretty cool to see. Missouri is riddled with springs of all sizes. Most are a bit outside your range - though if you want a longer day trip, head to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to see caves, springs, waterfalls, and more. It's really the most beautiful part of the state.

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