The eastbound lane of Cliff Drive from The Paseo to Indian Mound is open to vehicles; the westbound lane is a dedicated bike and pedestrian lane. There is a bollard system separating the lanes. The drive closes at dusk each weekday evening and reopens the following morning. The drive is closed each weekend for Car Free Weekends.
State Scenic Byway
Cliff Drive is located in George E. Kessler Park in historic Northeast Kansas City and is part of the Kansas City, Missouri Park and Boulevard System. Cliff Drive was officially designated as a State Scenic Byway, one of only five in the state of Missouri, on June 2, 2000. The byway extends approximately 4.27 miles from The Paseo and Independence Avenue through Indian Mound on Gladstone Boulevard at Belmont Boulevard.
In order to receive a State Scenic Byway designation, a byway must have one or more of the following intrinsic qualities: recreational, historic, cultural, archeological, scenic and natural.
Three attributes in particular distinguished Cliff Drive as uniquely qualified to receive Scenic Byway designation. These attributes include:
- Cliff Drive is a representative example of a historically significant urban design and planning effort recognized worldwide.
- Cliff Drive was uniquely critical to the evolution and development of Kansas City as a major metropolitan area.
- Cliff Drive preserves natural features unique to this portion of the Missouri River Valley including limestone bluffs, natural vegetation, and wildlife, particularly unusual because it is located immediately adjacent to the city core within a heavily urbanized environment.
These qualities are representative, unique, irreplaceable, and distinctly characteristic to the Kansas City area.
Historical Points of Interest
Kessler Park, The Concourse, North Terrace Lake, The Colonade, Scarritt Point, The Reservoir, Indian Mound, Prospect Point, The Kansas City Museum, Carl J. DiCapo Fountain, Ronnie DePasco Byway Memorials.
Car Free Weekends
Every weekend, Cliff Drive is closed off to allow for walkers, runners, and bikers alike to use the scenic byway without the fear of automotive traffic.