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Shawnee Bend Bluff Trail Near Truman Lake Missouri – Breathtaking Hiking Trails in Warsaw

Overlooking Truman Lake from the Shawnee Bend Bluff Trail in Warsaw, Missouri

Truman Lake Missouri Hiking Trails and Abandoned Structures

There are a lot of hiking trails, marinas, bike trails, and more in this area of Benton County around Truman Lake in Warsaw Missouri. 

The Shawnee Bend Bluff Trail is for hiking only.  The trail goes through wooded terrain including evergreen forests, then out onto a trail along the bluffs.  The scenic views from this area of the trail are beautiful! 

The trails can get technical and were simple cleared paths and old gravel roads.  It’s a 2.3 mile loop so be prepared for a bit of a trek.  If you want to see the bluffs and structure with less of a walk, go left at the beginning of the trail.  We went right and it was fun to finish the hike with these things closer to the end.

Since I also love abandoned structures this little gem was a great find along the trail:

Parks Around Truman Lake: Abandoned Homestead Along the Shawnee Bend Bluff Trail in Warsaw Missouri

This little homestead wasn’t far from the lake, and whoever had the experience of staying here must have loved it.

We finished this moderately challenging trail in a little over an hour, but we stopped to enjoy the bluffs and the abandoned homestead, so it would likely take less than an hour if you were there for the hiking only.

We went on a day that was dry and the footing was really good, but mud could be an issue in wetter seasons.

Parking was fairly easy but the lot is parking for a marina, so on busy marina days that could change.  The trail wasn’t busy at all and doesn’t seem to see a lot of foot traffic.

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(Warsaw Missouri): “Take the West Dam Access Road to Shawnee Bend Park. At the top of the boat ramp parking lot is the Shawnee Bend Trail head. Enter around the yellow gate.” –—lake-life.html

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Oklahoma State Parks: 6 Amazing Horseback Riding Trails in Southeast Oklahoma

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Arrowhead State Park – one of the best Oklahoma state parks for horse trails with 25 trail miles.

(25.00 trail miles)   (Canadian, Oklahoma) – View on Google Maps. This beautiful 2200 acre state park is located on a peninsula of Lake Eufaula, which is one of the largest manmade lakes in the southwest.

Arrowhead State Park features 100 tent sites and 91 total RV sites. There are 40 full hookup sites available. The park also offers picnic shelters, a marina, playgrounds, trails, miniature golf course, swimming area, mountain biking, equestrian campground, stables, and 25 miles of equestrian trails.

Arrowhead Golf Course is an 18-hole course with putting green, driving range, and pro shop. Group camps with a kitchen and bunkhouses are available and can sleep up to 144 people. Area 51 Marina, which also offers a restaurant, is also located at the park in the Echo Ridge area. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails – Best Oklahoma State Parks – Arrowhead

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Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park:   (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – View on Google Maps. Beavers Bend State Park is located in the mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River. Guests traveling down the winding roads through the forests of pine and hardwood trees will find adventure, beautiful scenery and plenty of activities inside this state park. The scenic beauty of Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park makes it one of Oklahoma’s most popular areas. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails – Best Oklahoma State Parks – Beavers Bend & Hochatown

Lake Murray State Park:   (Ardmore, Oklahoma) – View on Google Maps. Oklahoma’s oldest and largest state park, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Murray. Fishing, boating and all water sports are found at Lake Murray. Lake Murray Lodge offers guest rooms and suites, cabins, meeting space, The Apple Bin restaurant, and the Parlor. Other activities include golfing, picnics, camping, horseback riding, hayrides, hiking, biking, rollerblading, swimming, miniature golf and paddle boating.

Sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course with a pro shop, tennis courts, softball fields, baseball diamond, horseshoe pits, badminton and volleyball nets. Wonderful ATV area for 3/4 wheelers, motorcycles and dirt bikes. Other facilities found in the park include an airstrip, bait and tackle shop, marina with rentals, swimming pool with a changing house, swimming beach, riding stable, remote control air field for hobbyists, miniature golf course and Frisbee golf. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails – Best Oklahoma State Parks with cabins – Lake Murray

Lake Thunderbird State Park:   (Norman, Oklahoma) – View on Google Maps. Horseback riding, boarding and hay rides are available at Thunderbird Riding Stables. An array of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails are also available in Lake Thunderbird State Park. Accommodations include over 200 RV sites with 30 full hookup sites, restroom facilities and primitive campsites. Lake Thunderbird State Park also features playgrounds, picnic tables, an archery range and a seasonal restaurant. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails – Best Oklahoma State Parks – Lake Thunderbird

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McGee Creek State Park:   (Atoka, Oklahoma) – View on Google Maps. Located in southeast Oklahoma, McGee Creek State Park occupies the southwest edge of the Ouachita Mountain Range. This Oklahoma state park offers recreational opportunities including water activities, camping, hiking and fishing, as well as hunting in the adjacent wildlife management area. This 2,600-acre park is the perfect place to stay while fishing in one of Oklahoma’s finest trophy lakes, the 3,350-acre McGee Creek Reservoir. Fishermen will find an abundance of large and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, perch, crappie and sunfish. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails – Best Oklahoma State Parks – McGee Creek

Robbers Cave State Park:   (Wilburton, Oklahoma) – View on Google Maps. Robbers Cave State Park is located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the San Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma. A favorite of Oklahoma state parks for rappellers, cave explorers, equestrians, hikers and outdoor lovers, Robbers Cave enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for outlaws. The park and adjoining wildlife management area offers acres of discovery and enjoyment including caves, trout fishing in season, boating, hunting, trails for hikers and horses, sandstone cliffs for climbing and rappelling, and fall foliage viewing. RV and tent campsites, and equestrian campsites are also available. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails – Best Oklahoma State Parks – Robbers Cave

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