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Smithville Lake

Northeast of Smithville, Missouri on the east side of Smithville Lake between Highway W and Sailboat Cove.
Smithville is 11+ miles of varied trail. Clay County has paved trail throughout the area of the MTB trails, providing outstanding access to the singletrack. These trails are very beginner and singlespeed friendly trails!
Equestrians should not be on the MTB trails. As always, if you encounter horse riders on the trails, do not confront them, but explain that the trails are designated by the County for only biking/hiking if they are unaware.
Directions to Trailhead:
Travel North through Smithville and further for about 4 miles on 169 Highway. Turn right (East) on "W" Highway, and travel to the bridge over the lake. Keep traveling farther on "W" Highway for a few hundred yards to a paved parking lot (Smoken Davey Trailhead) on the right. As you leave this lot on bike or foot, look for the carsonite markers as you can go West (right) into Lakeside Speedway or East (left) into T-N-T, or South on the County paved trail.
Alternate: Travel further on "W" to Paradise, turn right on Paradise Road and continue into "Sailboat Cove." Park in the first spaces on the right (immediately behind the fee shack), and bike over the hill in front of the cars to the paved trail and go East(right). The entrance to the singletrack trail, the Southside Loop, is near the "Y" in the paved trail. As you approach the "Y" look for the carsonite marker to your right. If the fee shack is staffed, the County has a park user's fee of $5/day or $20/year (cash).
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Trail Map:
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ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Aaron Beeman
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Rich Bowman
Email the Smithville volunteer leaders.
Twitter: @smvtrails
Land Manager:
Clay County Parks

IMBA Rules of the Trail

The way we ride today shapes


trail access tomorrow.

Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

1. Ride On Open Trails Only.

Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

2. Leave No Trace.

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle!

Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always Yield Trail.

Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

5. Never Scare Animals.

All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.

6. Plan Ahead.

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

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