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Smithville Lake Trail

Partnered with the Northland Trails Vision Plan the Smithville Lake Multi-Use Trail offers plenty of opportunities to the Kansas City, MO metropolitan area.

photo: on Smithville Lake 15 miles north of Kansas City, MO; photo by Bryan Smoak

Length: 20.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Urban Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing

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Location: Smithville Lake, Along east shore of Smithville Lake 15 miles north of Kansas City.

State(s): Missouri
Counties: Clay
Longitude: -94.52978
Latitude: 39.44673

Driving Directions

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The trail is located on Smithville Lake just 15 miles North of Kansas City, MO. With an increased emphasis on health and fitness, the trail's location provides an outlet to get away from the urban surroundings and get back to natural setting while getting exercise.

Visitors to the trail snake their way along the East shoreline through oak-hickory stands, and reconstructed savanna and prairie areas, giving them the opportunity to see wildlife that they might not see otherwise.

The Smithville Lake Trail isn't just for bikers and hikers, the main trails are paved with asphalt and are built 10 ft wide in order to be ADA approved giving people with disabilities the opportunity to get out and enjoy the trail system also.

In conjunction with the paved trails there are also earth trails for hiking and hiking, and specially marked trails for equestrians. The many scenic areas give trail users a chance to stop and take a rest while overlooking the lake.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 865
Elevation High Point: 930
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

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Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Michael Kaullen
Clay County Parks
17201 Paradesian
Smithville, MO 64089
(816) 407-3400
[email protected]



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