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“Great for a variety of activities”

Harry S. Truman State Park
Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Warsaw
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Owner description: Clear waters, dramatic bluffs and vibrant summer and fall colors make Harry S Truman State Park an ideal place to vacation. Located on a peninsula, the park offers a marina, ample fishing and boating opportunities, and water that’s perfect for every kind of swimmer. Hiking trails, picnic areas and campsites that dot the park’s open oak woodlands, natural grasslands and lakeside areas let visitors enjoy the abundance of wildlife and recreation opportunities at this expansive park.
Columbia, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
671 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 377 helpful votes
“Great for a variety of activities”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

This Missouri State Park (by the way, there is NO DOT in Harry S Truman) has many campground sites for RVs and tents with 3 restroom/shower facilities and a couple vault toilets in other areas. There is a marina, a boat launch, two swimming beaches, and at least two trails to hike to enjoy ozark flora and fauna, including glades. The primary draw for most visitors is boating/fishing on Truman Lake.

Entrance is free, as for all Missouri state parks; there are fees for camping.

Birding can be rewarding here, as there are several miles of paved roads giving access to oak hickory woods and the lake. But note that several sections of road may be closed to vehicles in winter as swim beaches and campgrounds are closed.

The Thibaux campground mentioned in an earlier review is NOT part of the state park. It and the Truman Dam and Visitor Center are Corps of Engineers property; not part of the state park system.

A visit to Harry S Truman State Park can be fun or frustrating, depending on your purpose and the season. If you want a quiet, nature-oriented experience, go on a week day and/or off-season, but be prepared for reduced services. After Labor Day you may find both swim beaches closed. The park visitor center may be closed. As winter sets in, the campgrounds close, often with only one remaining open.

Visited September 2013
5 Thank Edge W
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Leeton, MO
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Truman Dam and Visitor Center area”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The area was very nice. Well maintained, clean, friendly staff. The fireworks show over the dam was excellent. The local authorities did a great job managing the traffic after the event.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank SusanL2858
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Brunswick, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great camping next to the water!”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

I rated this very good instead of excellent because we could only find one trail to hiking on. There is a nice playground area. The spots are nice and roomy from the neighbors and theres lots of paths leading down to the waters edge. The shower house was a not as nice as I had hoped but it is camping. We would definately go back and stay again because of the location to the water.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Heather J
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Warrensburg, Missouri
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Camping is fun”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Camped there many times Buck saw and Sparrow foot are my favorites
Boating and swimming are very popular Lots of trails to hike with wildlife abundant

Visited June 2012
Thank Rick C
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Clinton, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful area”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

we have made a couple of visits to the Park, it is just a beautiful area. Our last visit was during the Harvest Days, we had no idea that it was a big as it was! We should have gotten there alot earlier so to be able to enjoy everything. This park is close to our home, so it is going to be a frequent place for us to go.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank cmnr0912
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