Cliff Drive

Missouri’s only urban scenic byway

The Drive.

At Cliff Drive, you can find nearly five miles of paved road that winds around beautiful rock and forested landscape. Every weekend, the Drive is open only to bikes and pedestrians looking for a unique path that’s conveniently located at the North end of Kansas City, but feels like a whole other world.

The Org. is your resource for all events and groups associated with this unique and thrilling Scenic Byway. Check out ways that Cliff Drive can be your weekend recreation spot any week of the year, and find out about all the groups that join up here at Cliff Drive for their sports, athletic events, and recreational activities, by clicking on Events

Urban Dirty

Only one word can describe the Urban Dirty festival: tremendous.  Great people, great events, great venue.  This is what we want Cliff Drive and Kessler Park to be.

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Team Colavita/Parisi (Joe Anderson & Levon Weaver)

Roger Harrison

Pete Barth

I want to thank lots of people for making this happen.  First off, my build crew – trails don’t build themselves and they’ve busted their asses getting not just the trails, but the entire park ready for people to enjoy.  Johanna Poppel for driving me around and letting me borrow her car to get the things done I need to so we could pull the weekend off.  Nick Haberberger for the countless hours preparing and serving BBQ to our Saturday evening guests.  Nick also pitched in a good chunk of his own money, along with Aaron Beeman, to make everything happen for dinner, thanks guys!!  Team Colavita/Parisi Kansas City and Volker Bikes for making the weekend’s cyclocross races run smoothly and for donating the proceeds back to Cliff Drive and trails in Kansas City.  Special thanks to Britton & Melissa Kusiak, Dan Oldenhoft, Levon Weaver, John Williams, Josh Burdett, Joe Anderson, Erik Elving, Micah Gordon, Nate Girard, Dylan Medlock, the KU peeps, and the rest of the setup/teardown crew.  The Board of the Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee for their support and help planning beforehand and execution throughout the weekend.  Ben Reed and Ann Pai of Urban Trail Co. for their help and support in planning beforehand and during Saturday’s events.  Raffle donations from: Damon Guinn, Erin McCandless/In Touch Massage, Jane Gotch/Gyrotonic @ Plaza Wellspring, Jessica Francis Nerad/Starbucks, Will Tucker/Pleasant Breeze Heating & Cooling, Sadie Gardner/Bridging the Gap & Habitat Restore, Will Royster/MidBest Distillery, Rachel Krause/BikeWalkKC, and Garet Steinmetz/Kuat.  Event/ride & race sponsors: Ecological Placemakers, 8 Lumens, Urban Trail Co., Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee, Earth Riders Mountain Bike Club, Team Colavita/Parisi Kansas City, Volker Bicycles, Family Bicycles, and BikeWalkKC.  Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation for allowing use of their parkland and hooking us up with restrooms for the weekend.  Everyone who rode or raced with us throughout the weekend.  Theresa Van Ackren of Family Bicycles for leading Sunday's family fun ride.  Northeast neighborhood supporters of our Cliff Drive restoration project:  Michael & Lisa Donnici, Michael Stringer & JC Milbradt, Amanda & Gabe Kranz, Malenda & John Shahane, Jessica & Alan Bossert, Ken & Deborah Richardson, Sam Caloroso, Erin McCandliss & Ed Seifert, Andres March & family, Will Royster & family, Adam Scheiber & family, Beau Bledsoe & family, Tracy Marriott, John F. Gauld V, Jeff Zumsteg & Jeff Linville, Kevin Briggs & JJ Jones, Kenny & Barbara Brede, Jessie Matthews & Chad Johnson, and everyone else that supports us but couldn't make it out this weekend - if you did and I forgot you, I apologize!  Don’t take it personally :)  I'm just tired!!!

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!!  We’ll be back next year bigger and even better!!!!!

New trail map below....enjoy exploring KANSAS CITY'S BACKYARD!!!