Park Trails

at Harry S Truman State Park

Bluff Ridge Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 2 Miles View map

Bluff Ridge Trail offers visitors an opportunity to experience the park’s oak-hickory woodland. The north-facing slopes along Bluff Ridge Trail represent what most people think of as a typical Missouri woodland. Richer, moister soil found on the north-facing slopes near the trailhead supports large red oak trees. A highlight along the trail is a bluff outcropping overlooking a portion of the 55,600-acre Truman Lake.  Visitors may glimpse such wildlife as bobcats, deer, wild turkeys or possibly bald eagles in flight. The trail has a 260-foot long connector spur to Buck Ridge Campground.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2 Miles 1 hour, 30 minutes Loop Blue Directly across the road from the restroom at Buck Ridge Campground

Western Wallflower Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .80 Mile View map

Western Wallflower Trail offers a chance to experience the oak savanna and glade landscapes maintained by prescribed fire to preserve their presettlement condition. It is one of the best places in the park to view widely spaced oaks that still shade a mantle of prairie grasses and wildflowers.  The namesake of the trail, western wallflower, can be seen in its brilliant orange glory on the glades. This flower, a member of the mustard family, and other species such as stick leaf, Missouri spurge and plains muhly grass do not exist in other Missouri state parks and are uncommon in the state.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.80 Mile 35 minutes Loop Green

Near the entrance to the campground on the left before the check station