Equestrian Trails


Smithville Lake offers 32 miles of horse/primitive hiking trails on the southeast side of the lake. The trail begins at Crows Creek Campground and ends in Arley, Missouri.

  • The area features a mix of rolling and flat terrain with many creek crossings. Fields of native warm-season grasses, wildflowers, and row crops are scattered among the timbered areas.
  • The primary trailheads at Crows Nest and Jack Rabbit Bend offer ample trailer parking.
  • Loop A at Crows Creek Campground offers electric and electric/water camping sites for equestrians. Restrooms, showers, laundry, and water hydrants are conveniently located. Please refer to our online reservation website for details.
  • Orange indicators mark the shoreline trail and white indicators mark the boundary trail.
  • Lettered locator posts have been placed along the trail to help riders reference their location on the map.
  • The trails east of Collins Road are located within Public Hunting Areas. Please use caution during hunting seasons.

Click to View the Smithville Horse & Primitive Hiking Trails Brochure and Map (PDF)

Click to View the Aerial View of the Smithville Horse & Primitive Hiking Trails

Regulations And Safety Rules

No camping along the trail or at access areasHorses shall not enter the lake
No open firesShow consideration to other riders on the trail
Please keep horses out of crop fieldsRide horses only on designated trails
Follow safe riding practicesTo prevent trail damage, avoid riding when trails are wet
Be alert to hazardous crossings and low limbsHelp keep our trails clean - Do not litter