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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +541/ -511 ft
Total: 43 riders

Mountain Biking Truman Lake Mountain Bike Trails

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#21 of 168 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#1,489 in the world

This is a maze of trails that run up and down the Ozark Mountains. It will be rocky at some points grassy in others and if it has rained latly there will be some mud, for a littel more challange. Over all no matter your expierience this is a awesome trail. Well worth a drive to find out!

First added by Brian_Bashford on Aug 24, 2010. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From highway 65 take the Truman Dam road going the same way the Dam is. There will be a sign pointing the trail out.
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Q: How wet are the trails? I plan to make a trip here this weekend.
A: They sure are dry this weekend. oct 1 2015

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  • Dirttymason

    A fun track that has a little bit of everything. Nothing gets too technical though. There seems to be endless options on how to ride this trail.

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  • Midmoab

    We just completed this trail today. The Garmin recorded almost 11 miles and we rode almost everything. . .so the 16 mile listing may be deceiving. We really enjoyed the trail. It had fast flowing sections, some mild sustained uphill climbs, some fun rock gardens, and a lot of beautiful scenery. If you have ridden many Ozark trails you know that flint rocks, both loose and fixed, can be relentless and this trail is no exception. There are some areas that had long runs of flint rock gardens that challenged. The biggest challenge for us today was the amount of leaves on the trail. The last few weeks have seen few riders due to hunting season so there were times that even finding the line of the trail was difficult. We started yellow and rode east to the end, looped back to the west and finished with the combination of green, blue, yellow. There was really not anything un-ridable for us although we do ride frequently and on all sorts of terrain. I would not rate anything here more than a medium blue for difficulty. Maps available through www.welcometowarsaw.com

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  • trek is amazing

    fairly technical and fairly fast. pretty rocky and a few roots. some turns are very sudden and their sidewalls aren't built up enough. i went flying off of the track at 20 miles per hour and hit a tree on one of the turns.

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  • cycleforfun

    This is an outstanding singletrack trail, well marked, and very well-maintained. It has a mixture of rock gardens, dirt and rooty sections, some gravel, grassy vistas, and lots of switchbacks, small to moderate climbs, and water crossings. The longer yellow section (approx 12 miles) is a super workout with quickly changing terrain. The blue and green sections are just as exciting to ride but are shorter in length. Even if one section may be too muddy to ride after a rain, there is enough elevation and rocky terrain in the other sections to still ride. Wildlife is everywhere, and the Truman Lake is visible from some parts of the trail. There is a covered picnic area and parking lot at the trailhead. I found it to be a top notch trail.

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  • rambler

    Great trail for all skill levels. Discovered this trail in the summer of '15 and rode it with a relatively new rider. Something here for everyone. About 1.5 hours north of Springfield.

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  • kc0aac

    This is our hometown trail. Ride it regular. Always great!

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  • JHiggs

    I've raced here twice and really enjoyed these trails immensely. And they keep on growing. They are fast but still keep you honest, barrel too fast into a turn not paying attention to the rocks and you'll slip out. Having a tubeless setup is almost a must because these trails eat up tires and tubes.

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  • superflychic

    This is a fun flowing trail system that never gets old. These trails can handle quite a bit of rain and are very well maintained. There is also a great bike shop nearby if any of the ozark rocks get ya.

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  • heckmanlloyd

    Seemed to be a nice trail. It was worth the 1.5 hour drive to get there. I Completed the Green, Blue, and Yellow trails. The GPS totaled it all at 16.48 miles. The only complaints were a lot of overgrown trail markers and what seemed to be a rock garden from the pits of Satan's bowels. The rock gardens were not difficult, they just seemed to never end.

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  • kc0aac

    Excellent effort being made on this trail! Something for everybody. Moderate difficult, with lots of loose rock. Long loops with great views.

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  • Chappie

    Wow, very rocky! Not impressed. Poor use of the available terrain. Several turns were too tight and/or banked the wrong way. Watchout for small trees practically on the trail.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    We rode this trail on a fabulous New Year's Eve day. Right from the beginning I was impressed with the main trailhead area and the work that was being done on a new shelter. There are several colored loop trails in this system but if you commit to riding the yellow loop you will hit most of the available trail because of overlap. That loop is advertised at about 16 miles and you will only miss a few more of miles on the green and blue loops, not counting the long ride on the dike to the smaller north (Sterret Creek?) trailhead marked in red. There is an "orange" route that looked like it might be under development but most of it we rode until we got lost was an opposite direction run of the yellow.

    We started out of the trailhead in a counter clockwise direction. The first half or more was fun singletrack, not too technical, that gave some glimpses of the lake and ran along a wooded hillside. Once we traversed around to the second half (west of the trailhead) we got into more technical, rocky (but still wooded) terrain. Unfortunately, it appeared that in order to create more challenge in this section the designers ran the trail very nearly straight up and down hills with some slight effort to wind the tread off the fall line. The climbs and descents in this area were doable by riders with moderate skills (and good cardiovascular fitness) and because the terrain here is so rocky the tread will not erode quickly despite its steepness. But it shows a lack of imagination in an area that could really be special with more focus on available or introduced features. I may be biased, but I don't believe making trails steeper is a good way to increase the level of challenge. It's a pity because much of the intervening trail was a blast to ride. Overall we had a good experience and I would recommend you check it out for yourself. The mileage is enough to make even a long trip worthwhile.

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    The truman lake Mountain bike park is now up to 18 miles of sweet singal track. This network has something for all types of xc style of riding.
    You have trails that can be ridden during heavy rains good climbs and decents. The flow is very good. Hope you all enjoy.

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