Explore the most popular views trails in Weston Bend State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy to Moderate with clean trails and excellent views. Highly recommend.

on North Ridge Trail

1 month ago

It was a great day for a hike & we just wanted a short one before heading back to the city. This gave a moderate challenge with the hill climb. The end was a bit disappointing. If there had been leaves on the trees you probably wouldn't be able to see the river.

Nice place good views

hiking
6 months ago

Great warm up trail. Good elevation changes, and the Overlook area is really beautiful late fall.

It was a good workout with lots of hills and beautiful views. Very peaceful.

Beautiful trail, it was definitely more hilly than I expected with the easy rating of the trail. Perfect length for a fall walk and well maintained.

A group of Pickleball players from Topeka hiked this trail starting at the mid point as an out and back. Easy trail with nice views of the river and wooded bluffs. Total distance was ~4 miles.

Good hike for the location. Waiting on fall to head back, should be beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike with decent views. Can imagine it'd be much more beautiful in the fall with the changing colors.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was pretty, but it offered neither the variety of views offered by other trails in the park nor views of the river. When we used this trail, it had not been used recently, and the span of the trail had so many spiderwebs across it that my husband and I had to remove the webs at least every five feet the entire length of the trail. Grass and moss had grown lushly over spans of the trail. We turned back approximately 0.2 miles from the end because we were tired of knocking down webs.

My husband and I only walked the 1.8 mile stretch from the Weston Bend State Park down to the trail-head near Bethany. This park was gravel rather than paved, which we preferred. The trail was well-cared for and bright. It ran along the edge of Weston Bend State Park and was closely flanked by a railroad track. It had nice views of the river, a bridge over a small creek, and we saw a variety of wildlife, including squirrels and a small garter snake. I would recommend this trail for a gentle walk or bike ride.

walking
8 months ago

This trail, only moderately-difficult at one or two points, offered much for visual gratification. The landscape below the trees was beautiful, with lush undergrowth, vines climbing up the trees, and dramatic fluctuations of elevation. At 4-5 points along the trail we saw well-kept signs that offered insight into the speciation, migration, and survival habit of birds that live in the area. It was a short, enjoyable hike my husband and I plan to do again in the future!

Great trail.. we brought our dog for a morning hiking session outside KC. Didn't give it 5 only because the views weren't all that spectacular and the trail head was a bit deceiving. We ended up walking more than we needed to, which is fine just a little confusing.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike. nice view of the river

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike, some steep hills nice views of the river

Nice hike

A group of six got out there and enjoyed a great trail. The trail is a great length and leads to a great town.

Beautiful, friendly, some good hills, beautiful views.

Nice little hike. Keep dogs on leash. if they like bounding into the woods without looking they might fall off of a very high ridge/cliff.

hiking
11 months ago

absolutely awesome

Nice paved trail through the woods. I LOVE this trail. It is challenging enough to get a good work out and very peaceful. I personally would never bike it.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Really nice hiking. The trails hold up when damp too.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Very nice paved trail. There were some trees down today, but that is expected after storms. I recommend taking the paved trail from the start and taking to the real trails up through the west ridge trail when you get to the opening off of the paved trail. It then loops back to the paved trail. Makes a nice hike and mix of terrain.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pretty trail, overlooks the Missouri River on the west side of the loop. Unfortunately, a coal train goes by every twenty minutes or so ruining the peace.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Take plenty of water with you, lots of hills!

Monday, March 20, 2017

A great day and beautiful walk.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Trail is well maintained, marked very clearly.
This is not the place to go for seclusion and the enjoyment of nature.
Very very busy place, lots of dogs and dog poop.
Very easy trail with moderate inclines in small grouped together sections.

walking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great for kids. Mile markers every 1/4 mile. Wide enough for traffic going both ways. The first mile has some serious hills if you are pushing a stroller. I brought my 1yo, 3yo, and 7yo and we made around the whole loop today. It also has some benches every so often. We will probably do it again when it greens up some. Right now very brown (as expected) but we did see a few birds.

hiking
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nice and moderate hike. An easy out and back. Just over six miles if you go end and back to end. It is a mix of gravel road and concrete bike trail. Very clean hike. The scenery over the river is nice. This trail leaves no risk of being lost. Great for dogs.

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