Staying in Missouri's Weston Bend area offers a spot close to several natural attractions throughout the state. Weston Bend has its own state parks in the area that offer bottomlands, savannah, prairie and wetlands to see. The area is accessible to other state parks that provide a different experience for even the seasoned traveler.
Weston Bend State Park
16600 Hwy. 45 N
Weston Bend, MO 64098
Weston Bend State Park offers the best views of the Missouri River. It makes a nice day trip from your Weston Inn. Locals and visitors enjoy gazing at the Missouri River from the scenic overlook. Even disabled persons can take in the scenic view of the river at this location. Hikers follow a path leading through the woods toward a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. Runners and bicyclists delve in the peace and quiet of the park on the three-mile paved trail.
The park also offers picnic sites for visitors or campers. Kids enjoy the playground in the park. Weston Bend offers facilities for visitors including restrooms, showers and laundry. The park opens at 7 am and closes at sunset. Campground hours close at different times during the year.
Dr. Frederick Marshall Conservation Area
North Farley Road
Platte City, MO 64079
Near Weston Bend, this 168-acre farm named for its original owner features prairie and savannah areas for exploration. Dr. Frederick Marshall Conservation Area also houses bottomland and upland forests. The wildlife in the conservation area is extensive, including rabbits, quail, turkey and deer. Bird watchers enjoy coming to the conservation area from their Weston Bed and Breakfast to catch sight of local Missouri birds. Hunting and fishing require state licenses and certain other restrictions.
Little Bean Marsh Conservation Area
Little Bean Marsh Conservation Area offers nature study opportunities through bird watching and viewing. The viewing tower is accessible from a path that leads to the center of the forest and marsh area along the paved trail. Overlook the marsh forest and lake area from the tower. A viewing blind and privy also are available for access in this 440-acre wetland area. Fishing and archery are permitted and subject to local and state laws.
Lake of the Ozarks Caves
823 Ozark Caverns Rd.
Linn Creek, MO 65052
Lake of the Ozarks State Park offers much to see and do while staying near Weston Bend. The cavern tours operate throughout the year and provide visitors the opportunity to see stalactites and Angel Showers. The Angel Showers are the never-ending stream of water from the rock ceiling within the caverns. While visiting, some of the local cavern residents, including bats and salamanders, may poke their heads out. The tours of the caves open in April and continue through mid-October.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
5901 South Hwy. 163
Columbia, MO 65203
Rock Bridge, known for the name by the rock's shape, is a 2,273-acre park featuring 15 miles of trails to explore. Devil's Icebox Boardwalk leads to the Rock Bridge. Connor's Cave is open for tours during the year by advance arrangement. The Devil's Icebox Cave, also located in the park, offers a challenge for the seasoned adventurer and is accessible through advanced registration for a tour.