Equestrian Trails

Smithville Lake offers 26 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 Camground 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.

Smithville Horse & Primitive Hiking Trails Map

Smithville Horse & Primitive Hiking Trails Brochure and Map

Regulations And Safety Rules

  • No camping along the trail or at access areas

  • No open fires

  • Please keep horses out of crop fields

  • Follow safe riding practices

  • Be alert to hazardous crossings and low limbs

  • Horses shall not enter the lake

  • Show consideration to other riders on the trail

  • Ride horses only on designated trails

  • To prevent trail damage, avoid riding when trails are wet

  • Help keep our trails clean -- Do not litter

Mowing and trail improvements are provided by volunteers. To volunteer or make a donation, please contact Northland Trails and Greenways.

Clay County, Mo.

Contact Parks

Clay County Park Office

17201 Paradesian
Smithville, MO 64089

Winter Hours:
Parks Office at Camp Branch
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
Monday - Friday

Holidays: Closed

phone: (816) 407-3400
fax: (816) 407-3411

E-mail the Parks Department