Riverfront Heritage Trail

Kansas, Missouri

Riverfront Heritage Trail Facts

States: Kansas, Missouri
Counties: Clay, Jackson, Wyandotte
Length: 15 miles
Trail end points: Richard Berkley Riverfront Park (Kansas City, MO) and Westheight Park (Kansas City, KS)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016360
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Riverfront Heritage Trail Description

The Riverfront Heritage Trail meanders through Kansas City on both sides of the Kansas–Missouri border. The 15-mile trail links historic neighborhoods, parks and the riverfront. It also serves as the hub of an expanding regional trail system and a catalyst for urban revitalization.

The portion of the trail through the West Bottoms area of Kansas City, Missouri, is also known as the Freedom Trail, as it follows the historic route of slaves to a better life in the free state of Kansas. The trail crosses the border under the Lewis and Clark Viaduct, which carries the heavy traffic of Interstate 70. The lower level of the bridge was rehabilitated exclusively for pedestrian and bicycle use in 2000.

While most of the Riverfront Heritage Trail is separated from traffic, some portions use sidepaths or require trail users to share the road with motor vehicles. Even at these points, the trail is well-marked; follow the signs to avoid getting lost.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Riverfront Heritage Trail is available at Richard Berkley Riverfront Park on River Front Road in Kansas City, Missouri, and at a lot off Armstrong Avenue under the viaduct in Kansas City, Kansas.

Riverfront Heritage Trail Reviews

We got on the trail at the Riverfront Park and headed west. It's a great trail. We had not gone very far when the trail ended at a tall set of stairs that we would have had to climb with our bikes. No way.There is an elevator but no way to operate it. Is there no other way to continue west?

Nicely maintained trail minutes from downtown Kansas City. Peaceful and quiet, with only moderate activity from other users.

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