October 21, 2015

Contact: Steph Deidrick

Missouri State Parks marks 1,000th mile of trail at Harry S Truman State Park

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the 1000th mile Trail at Harry S Truman State Park.  The ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in the trailhead parking area.

The 1-mile loop trail, open to day-use hikers, was built primarily by park staff and will feature the interpretation of ongoing glade restoration.  Hikers will be able to see and learn about the restoration of the area.  The trail includes a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of Truman Lake.

With the trail’s opening, the state park system officially includes 1,000 miles of trail. In 2013, Missouri was named the Best Trails State by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation's hiking, biking and riding trails. To celebrate the award, Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon established the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge, which encourages Missourians to complete 100 miles of outdoor physical activity. For more information and to take the Challenge, visit

Harry S Truman State Park is located at 28761 State Park Road West in Warsaw. For more information about the event, call the park at 660-438-7711. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.