• One of a Kind...

    One of a Kind...

    Clay County is a premier place to live, work, and play.  We have the thrill of urban development and the comfort of cozy neighborhoods... all surrounded by natural beauty!  At the government level, we strive to supplement our citizens’ experience by doing the core things extraordinarily well.  We deliver safe, smooth roadways outside of city limits; offer a network of parks, recreation, and historic sites; and we are committed to public safety, family-friendly events and public outreach. Our employees are here for you! 

  • 2nd Annual Happy Haunt is Coming!

    2nd Annual Happy Haunt is Coming!

    Looking for something fun this Fall? Join us at the Smithville Nature Center for Happy Haunt! From 6-7:30pm on Oct 4th, come play games, enjoy a hot-dog picnic & watch a special StoneLion Halloween puppet show! The event is free, but space is limited. Register here!

  • Welcome to Clay County

    Welcome to Clay County

    If you are new to the area, just visiting or have lived here forever and are wondering what may be new or exciting... we invite you to head over to www.visitclaymo.com to look through our visitor's guide, check out all there is to see, do and eat! There is something for everyone. Find ideas for romantic getaways, fun things to do with your kiddos or plan a night out with your favorite people. It's all in Clay!

  • Wander Back in Time...

    Wander Back in Time...

    Join us at one of Clay County's many historic sites. Spend an afternoon with Jesse James, go back in time to a one-room schoolhouse or visit the oldest continuously occupied home turned museum in Clay County! You can even plan your wedding at Historic Mt. Gilead Church built in 1833. Plan your adventure back in time... just stop by the Historic Sites and Museums section of our new tourism website then get out there and explore!

  • 27 Miles of Trails... Come Hike the Lake!

    27 Miles of Trails... Come Hike the Lake!

    Smithville Lake will be nothing short of spectacular this fall! The beautiful trees and sparkling lake can be the backdrop of your next family outing, romantic picnic or playground adventure. Come explore our trails on foot, bike or horseback. Walk the amazing shoreline or camp fireside. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

Oct 31, 2018, 11:44 AM
In efforts to safeguard the taxpayers of Clay County against frivolous lawsuits and other litigation, the County Commission has retained Lowell Pearson, partner at Husch Blackwell LLP, as Lead Counsel.
Oct 31, 2018, 11:42 AM
During Clay County’s first Commission Session of 2018, the County Commission unanimously approved payments to Synergy House, Inc. from the county’s Domestic Violence Fund.
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Public Comment period 9/20

Clay County will hold a Public Comment Period this Public Comment Period Jpg.jpgFriday, September 20 at 4:00PM at the James S. Rooney Justice Center, Division 5 courtroom. All comments will be shared with the County Commission, and participants will receive follow-up within 24 business hours. 

festive fall fun for the whole family!


Fall is just around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to start planning what you want to do this season! Whether you’re looking for fun for the whole family or something spookier, Clay’s got you covered.

Pumpkins Galore: Visit the Kearney Fun Farm for a plethora of fall fun and attractions starting September 13. Find even more fall festivities at Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch in Liberty! Carolyn’s opens for the fall season on September 21st.

Mysterious Mazes: The Liberty Corn Maze opens for the season on September 6th and their 2019 maze design is called Wild West in the Midwest.

Family-Friendly Frights: The Worlds of Fun’s Great Pumpkin Fest starts October 14th, the Happy Haunt Nature Walk and Boneyard Jamboree at Smithville Lake’s Nature Center is on October 4th, Kids Safe Halloween at the Shoal Creek Living History Museum is on October 26th, and the Bill Payne Halloween event in Excelsior Springs is on October 31st.

Frightful Fun: Worlds of Fun’s Halloween Haunt is the scary place to be this season, starting September 14th. On October 4th, the Excelsior Springs Chamber Trolley is offering several fall themed trolley tours. Find less frights and more history on the Big Shoal Cemetery Tour, held at the Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum on October 12th.

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We invite you to come explore all there is to see, do and enjoy! From our rich history to family fun or a unique date night, Clay County offers you so many options. Not sure what to do first? Head over to www.visitclaymo.com to help plan your day.

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Clay County Careers

Positions available for those with experience in maintenance, road work, marinas, law enforcement, landscape horticulture, help desk, airport specialist, customer service, golf technicians and more!

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Visit Our Parks & Historic Sites! 

Our vision is to provide Clay County citizens and all visitors a higher quality of life. We strive to provide our visitors with opportunities to explore every interest, hobby and educational program that we have available. We encourage you to come out and explore our parks, historic sites and participate in our programs throughout the year.