1600 Highway 45N
Weston Missouri 64098United States
Weston Bend State Park is a pretty and well-maintained place to camp in closely spaced sites, or picnic, with a variety trails for all activity levels.
This park, run by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, encompassed 1,133 acres with a hill near the front entrance that rivals San Francisco. Campsites had picnic tables and electrical hookups, as well as fire pits. Water and a dumping station were also available, in addition to restroom buildings and a shower house. Eight trails ranged from .20 to 3.25 miles and easy to strenuous activity levels. Various routes pass through large hills and dense woods and there was a paved, 2.75-mile trail available for cyclists. Heads for several trails met beside a large lot that provided parking for several dozen cars. The park also offered a disabled accessible scenic overlook of where the Missouri River once ran (it has since changed course), with Fort Leavenworth, KS, and beyond, in the background. This was a spot that Lewis & Clark visited, in 1804. The park's most interesting structure was a weathered vintage tobacco barn, which reflected Weston's long history as a tobacco 'capital.' One piece of tobacco antiquity, currently on display, was a donated 1920s tobacco press used to press cured or dried tobacco leaves, and several information boards, located nearby, described Weston's tobacco history in fascinating detail. Campers and hikers will enjoy the park's quiet beauty but, without any water features, activities here are fairly limited.