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Volunteer Park (Hartsburg)

the park is a little off the trail head so it can be hard to find in the dark/dusk. if you look
towards the town you will see what looks like a jungle gym and a gazeebo in someones
back yard that is the park it is not big. when me and a buddy came into town a couple
weeks ago we met the mayor driving arround town she was nice and stopped and told us
we could set our tent up right inside the gazeebo if we wanted to sadly tho my tent is the
old fashioned kind that needs to be nailed down so we just slept out in the open under the
gazeebo. in the morning dont miss the best omlett you will ever tast accross the street at
the diner and down the road is the hitchin post if you wanna warm up at night. i will warn
you tho the hitchin post stays open all night so if your not a sound sleeper you might find
it difficult to sleep with all the noise from the bar. other than that the town is nice, quite,
friendly and i would recomend staying there if you need a place to stop for the night.
posted Apr 26 2007 3:39PM - randy, columbia

We camped at the park in Hartsburg and had dinner at Dotties across the street. All I can say is GREAT about the whole experience. Very nice town, very friendly people, and Dotties has fantastic food! Two thumbs up!
posted Apr 27 2007 1:22PM - Jason, Huntsville, AL

Volunteer Park backs up on one side to Main Street (where you can also see a red caboose) and on the other side to the grassy field immediately adjacent to the Hartsburg Trailhead.
posted Oct 20 2008 1:38AM - Brent

Mayor Nancy Grant, and others, have worked hard to make Hartsburg a friendly town for bikers and all visitors. We too don't like the too loud music and that war continues. Nancy has spent countless hours trying to get more business in town and to expand the hours of what we do have. She appreciates the comments of trail users and will bring up the problem of coordination of facilities along the trail. Remember most of us are volunteers spending a great deal of time trying to improve things. You may email Nancy directly at mrodemeyer@socket.net if you have constructive comments. Thanks.
posted Oct 21 2008 4:30PM - michael rodemeyer, Hartsburg

Michael was actually nice enough to forgo his dinner and drive me to Jeff City the other night when I got stuck out in the dark and didn't quite make it to where I had planned. I can not say enough nice things about the work Nancy and her husband are selfishly doing to make the Katy (and Hartsburg) a better place for everyone. I would strongly suggest that everyone stop in Hartsburg at the B&Bs, the local restaurant or the local bar and support the town as much as possible. I have never met as many nice people as I did in Hartsburg the other night. Thanks again Michael!!!
posted Oct 21 2008 5:12PM - Jason, Overland Park

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