What to do in Weston Bend State Park

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Catch a glimpse of the Missouri River and enjoy nature's sites and sounds just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Kansas City metropolitan area at Weston Bend State Park.

Located on the Missouri River, the once-thriving town of Weston can credit its early success to tobacco growing and trade. Today, tobacco production still plays a part in the area's economy. Five tobacco barns, one of which has been converted into a reservable enclosed shelter, remain in Weston Bend State Park to interpret the important role this industry played in the area's history.

A scenic overlook, accessible to persons with disabilities, provides visitors with a view of the Missouri River, Fort Leavenworth and beyond. A hiking trail that meanders through the woods and along the edge of the bluff also provides great views of the river. Hikers and bicyclists will enjoy the peaceful setting of the three-mile paved loop trail that weaves through a hilly wooded area.

Secluded picnic sites, a playground and an open shelter, which can be reserved, make it an ideal place for family gatherings. For visitors wishing to get away for more than a day, a campground featuring basic and electric campsites, modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities are available.

Spend a day away from everyday routines, taking in awesome views and enjoying the slow pace of nature at Weston Bend State Park.

There are numerous picnic sites scattered throughout the park for visitors to enjoy. The Bee Creek Shelter, a converted tobacco barn, is an enclosed shelter that can accommodate up to 100 guests. It is an ideal location for hosting a large gathering or picnic. This shelter must be reserved in advance for $100 per day by calling the park office.

Located in the day-use area is a children's playground and an open shelter that can accommodate up to 50 guests. The open shelter may be reserved in advance for $35 per day. If not reserved, the open shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

Weston Bend State Park offers basic and electric campsites. Services include a dump station, modern restrooms, showers, water, laundry and reservable sites. For reservations, there is a required minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

Recreation
Visitors may fish along the banks of the Missouri River. These are no ramps for boat launching.

All trails are open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset. Pets must be kept on a leash. Bicycles are restricted to paved areas and bicyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as motorists. Hiking is permitted on all trails. Horses, roller-skates/blades and skateboards are prohibited in all areas. For your protection and that of our resources, remain on the designated trails.

Location
16600 Hwy. 45 N

Weston Bend, MO 64098

Climate
Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
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