Weston Bend State Park Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Named for a nearby town on a sweeping curve in the Missouri River, Weston Bend State Park is a place of scenic beauty and pioneer history. Native Americans once roamed the park’s hills, and Lewis and Clark passed through on their trek to the Pacific in July of 1804. The park is located in Missouri’s Loess Hills, a range of hills reaching from just north of Kansas City all the way to Iowa.
Loess, fine sediment left behind when glaciers retreated, was blown into mounds by the Midwest’s strong winds, then eroded by streams into the landscape seen today in Weston Bend State Park—forested hills, deep ravines, and small patches of prairie grassland. The rich loess soil around Weston Bend gave rise to thriving hemp and tobacco farms. For a short time in the mid-1800s their production made the nearby town of Weston the second-largest port on the Missouri River, second only to St. Louis. Founded in 1837 in a natural harbor on the Missouri, Weston grew to 5,000 residents by the 1850s and was the largest hemp port in the world."