Paved Bicycle Trail: Weston Bend State Park is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Weston, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, road biking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail has an asphalt surface and is popular with both hikers and bicyclists. If you travel in a counter clockwise direction, you will walk through a section of mature river hills hardwood forest, complete with pawpaw, white oaks, sycamores and more. The second half of the trail gradually climbs
Has some steep parts
My wife and I hiked this trail today while she wore our 7 month old son. This trail has some nice inclines and is a nice way to start your hiking season!
I love to bike this paved trail, but be aware that there are 3 nasty hills if you start from the TH and go counter-clockwise! The curves and downhills that precede the steep hills make it hard [for me] to get up the hills... I usually have to walk the bike up.
But I really like to walk/hike the paved trail until it reaches the Harpst/Overlook trails. Then you're on a natural trail and climbing up the ridge to reach a nice wooden deck to overlook the Missouri River. From there, join the West Ridge Trail and follow it along the top of the ridge, with the river below you and Leavenworth, KS just across the River. Descend the West Ridge Trail to meet up with the paved trail again, and you still have about 2 miles to loop back to the TH.
The photos currently listed on this page are not of the paved bicycle trail. The paved bike trail is very nice for walkers and bikers a-like. At the TH there are bathrooms and water fountains for people and dogs! The trail is very scenic and for almost the entire trail you are covered by a tree-top canopy. This can be good or bad. April - May the ticks are insane and be careful that you don't walk into spider webs. Great trail - very popular so there are always bikers, runners, and families on the trail. If your dog gets too excited seeing other dogs or people this isn't the trail for you because you will run into a lot of people, during certain hours. In the spring and fall after 4 during the week and all weekend the paved trail is busy
As a hiker, I would not recommend this trail, since it's paved and not the prettiest at the park, but it's still a nice track and likely awesome for biking.