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All hiking and biking trails will be closed on November 18-19, 2017 for a managed deer hunt except for the hiking and biking trails in Little Platte Park and the Jerry Litton Visitor Center will remain open through the weekend. 

The trail system at Smithville Lake is currently composed of three types of trails: 24 miles of 10 foot wide asphalt walking/biking trails, 11 miles of single-track mountain biking trails, and 26 miles of equestrian trails.

Smoke & Davey Trails System

 The Smoke & Davey Trail System is composed of three trails and is 4.8 miles in length accessible from Highway W to the north and from Sailboat Cove to the south.

 Bonebender Trails System 

The Bonebender Trail System is composed of two trails and is 8.9 miles in length accessible from Sailboat Cove to the north and from the Main Park's Office to the south.

 Crows Creek Trails System 

The Crows Creek Trail System is composed of two trails 8.9 miles in length accessible from Collins Road to the north, the Crows Creek Boat Ramp and Access 25 off 160th Street to the south.


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.

  • Crows Creek offers electric and primitive camping sites for equestrians. Restrooms, showers, laundry and water hydrants are conveniently located.

  • 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 -- may take a few moments to load

Regulations And Safety Rules
  • No camping along 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 lake

  • Show consideration to other riders on 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.