Clay County offers a variety of trails to choose from allowing one to explore and discover the beauty of nature at their own pace. Each trial has its own unique features and offers a different experience. There are trails for everyone to enjoy as there are multi-use trails for walkers, runners, or casual bikers to enjoy, as well as equestrian trails for horse riders and mountain biking trails for bikers to take advantage of. Come explore and enjoy some of the scenic views Clay County has to offer!
The trail system at Smithville Lake is currently composed of three types of trails: 37 miles of 10-foot wide asphalt walking trails, 11.5 miles of single-track mountain biking trails, and 32 miles of equestrian trails.
Clay County Parks is now part of the Mid-America Regional Council's (MARC) 911 Regional Public Safety Communications "Trail Mapping" project. The project utilizes GPS grid map coordinates that are assigned to "address signs" located along Clay County trails to assist 911 personnel and first responders in locating trail users during an emergency. To learn more about the 911 Emergency Response Markers click here.