Kaw Point


Head to the Kansas side at 1403 Fairfax Trafficway to visit Kaw Point, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition once arrived in 1804. The crew camped at Kaw Point for three days while their boats were repaired. As the explorers took to the countryside for the first time on the long journey, martial law was engaged. However, today Kaw Point makes up the heart of the metro Kansas City area with a fantastic downtown view.

Kaw Point has been preserved in a natural state and features plenty of chipped trails, wildlife and stunning spring blossoms. It’s tucked against the river with easy access to local highways. You can also visit the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail and see where two great rivers meet. Designed to welcome high traffic and many visitors, the outdoor amphitheater is a favorite for live events.

A Point of Interest

From the Kansas Wildflower Hill to the Boardwalk and Heritage Trail Head, the point where the Kansas and Missouri Rivers meet has long been a destination for outdoor lovers. The annual summer paddle-craft race, year-round foot races and guided hikes are all ways to make the most of this area.

When you arrive at the 1,500-foot boardwalk, you’ll get views of both Kansas and Missouri. The canopied trails make up 600 yards and are great for hiking, birding and biking. Discover gravel paths to the Encampment Theater, and explore the Bird-Woman and Kaw River Trail.

What will you uncover?