Plan a trip to Harry S Truman State Park and fulfill your vacation expectations. This 1,440-acre park offers a wide range of activities that are sure to please. Located on a peninsula nearly surrounded by the 55,600-acre Truman Lake, the park features many opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing. For swimmers and waders, the beautiful sand beach is conveniently located with a changehouse and modern restrooms. Anglers of all skill levels will be challenged to hook a variety of fish in the lake's cool, clear waters. Numerous campsites are scattered near the lakeshore and throughout the forest. Facilities in the campground include sanitary dumping stations, hot showers, modern restrooms and laundry rooms. Shady picnic sites are found in the wooded day-use area, as well as an open shelter that's available for group rental. Modern restrooms and playgrounds are located nearby. The park's natural environment offers a diverse landscape to explore. Open oak woodlands, natural grasslands, towering limestone bluffs and oak savannas beckon the visitor. Hiking trails wind through the woods and out to rocky overlooks, offering breathtaking views of the lake and an occasional glimpse of the abundant wildlife. Fox, coyote, deer, wild turkey and beaver make their homes in the forest and grasslands of Truman State Park.
In addition to Western Wallflower, I hiked the 1,000th Mile Trail. It was tricky to find the trailhead; you follow the access road to the signs for the marina; you'll see the trailhead on the right, way before you reach the marina. This trail is short and blazed well in red. There is decent variety in elevation and views. I was amazed to see two bald eagles circle me overhead. We also saw a large doe. You reach a high bluff above the lake and can step up to the edge of the trees and rocky ledges to look over the lake.
On the day I visited this park (my first time to this park), I intended to do all 3 trails. However, the access road to reach the longest trail (Bluff Ridge) was closed, presumably for the winter season. That section of the park has a lot of campgrounds; wish I could have seen it. Disappointed to miss out on that last trail. I liked the park but wouldn't put it high on my list for a return hike.
This review is for the Western Wallflower Trail. It's super short--less than a mile--and the first trailhead you reach after passing the park office. It's blazed in green but not marked well. However, the trail is such a short loop, you can't really get lost. You get good views of the lake. Low vegetation, mostly open trail. Some rocky portions, nothing strenuous.
Really nice park over all; The camping area is lovely; in a forrested area and the sites are not super crowded. The trails were a bit short, but all had really nice view of the lake. I kayaked a bit on the lake, but with so many boats running around, I was constantly getting pushed around. Still quite a nice park.
We camp and hike the trails, as well as swim, at Truman Lake. The trails are nice for family trips. The 2 mile trail has a nice lookout point. The campsites are nice, bathrooms are generally clean, and the swimming is great. Nice water. We always enjoy our trips there.