Weston Bluffs Trail: Weston Bend State Park is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Weston, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is along the western border of the park and runs parallel to the Missouri River and Burlington Northern Railway. It connects the state park with the city of Weston on the north and with the village of Beverly to the south. The north half of the trail is paved with asphalt while the southe There are 3 trailheads for the Weston Bluffs Trail. One in the city of Weston, one in the state park, and one in the village of Beverly, Missouri. This trailhead is reflective of the one in the state park
Nice for a day hike with some views.
Not really a trail, more of a gravel road (10' wide the entire path) and the trees were grown enough to not provide much of a view of the river. Definitely better for biking since there aren't many views.
great view of the river and some trains along the trail. Had a good time. Great for sight seeing.
Easy trail with great view of the Missouri river and bluffs if hiked in the early spring or late fall. Bike trail ready.
Nice, fairly flat trail that runs along the Missouri River. Good spot marked to veer off the trail and go right down to the river bank. We stopped off at the picnic tables towards the north end for lunch and were pleased to see a water source was provided.
We found the southern trailhead easily, and we were only using verbal directions from a friend. It's a well used walking trail that is gorgeous in the fall and winter. Views of the river and rocky outcrops are very pretty. It's longer than 3 miles out and back, but very enjoyable. Easy easy strolling path, I'd say.
This trail is slightly irritating. I live in downtown Weston so the TH for me is the Northern end. The Northern end is located one block from downtown Weston. It's a one way trail so if completed you walk to the end and back. The Southern TH, what's most likely considered thee TH or where you're directed when map'n it, is tucked away behind some farm land off highway 45. Signage regarding the 'main' entrance needs improvement. You almost feel like your trespassing driving back to the 'main' entrance. The mile markers on the trail give the impression the trail is 1.5 miles down and 1.5 miles back for a total of 3 miles, or 3.25 to be approx. I might be way off but this trail seems longer than 1.5 miles! The trail itself is gorgeous and halfway through you come to an intersecting trail/parking lot of the Weston Bend State Park. They have a restroom and if you have some time I HIGHLY recommend crossing the train tracks and taking the quarter-mile trail to the riverfront. There are two trails, one goes right and the other left, but they both lead to the riverfront. Shafer rest area is at the north end of the trail right before you hit downtown. In my experience the water spicket is never on but one month a year, it seems, and there isn't a lick of shade. Upkeep isn't consistent and it isn't worth a stop in my opinion. Overall I think this trail is inconvenient - in my opinion a 'down and back' trail shouldn't be this long and I wish there was a connecting trail you could use to swing back around. Other locals that I've spoken with about this trail have never even made it to the end (using the northern end as the TH) because the trail is so long they turn around. Those who've made it to the end call a friend to come pick them up at the southern TH because they didn't realize it was so long but wanted to get to the end.
Easy trail for the family to hike or bike. Excellent views of the Mo river.
For a group ride, I would recommend riding from Beverly into Weston, hit up O'Malley's for a cold drink, and head back. For a family trip, begin in Beverly and turn into the State Park. There is a nice picnic area right in the park or you can head up hill to the playground. It is a brutal climb to the playground especially if hauling a kid trailer.