Weston Bend Paved Bicycle TrailManaged by Missouri State Parks
Paved Bicycle Trail has an asphalt surface and is very popular with both hikers and bicyclists. If traveling in a counter-clockwise direction, the trail goes through a section of mature river hills hardwood forest, complete with pawpaws, white oaks, sycamores and more. The second half of the trail gradually climbs back to the starting point and travels through a stand of maple trees that gives way to old farm fields. These have been reverting to cedar trees and a mix of prairie grasses, wildflowers and shrubs. This area offers a good lesson in plant succession. There are no natural obstacles except for a few steep grades in one section of the trail.
The 0.30-mile natural surface access spur begins at the Historic Tobacco Barn Day-use Area and is a short, easy way to connect to Paved Bicycle Trail. The day-use area also offers additional parking if the main trailhead parking is full. For hikers and bikers already on the Paved Bicycle Trail, the spur leads to the park's important cultural feature, the historic tobacco barn. The trail intersects with Harpst and West Ridge trails.
Trailhead & GPS Location:
North part of trail; 39.39225, -94.86898
You may experience:
- Steep grades and inclines more than 10%
- Bridges and/or structural crossings