Smithville Lake Trails
ElevationAscent: 485' 148 m
Descent: -485' -148 m
High: 942' 287 m
Low: 877' 267 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
Popular rides nearby
Hodge Park Ride
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4.5 mi 7.2 km • Loop • 274 ft Ascent 83.5 m Ascent
Kessler Park Trails
10.7 mi 17.2 km • Loop • 829 ft Ascent 252.71 m Ascent
The Corby Combo
5.0 mi 8.0 km • Point to Point • 374 ft Ascent 114.01 m Ascent
The River Trail System
4.2 mi 6.8 km • Loop • 484 ft Ascent 147.6 m Ascent
“A good mix of technical, intermediate and beginner trail that are in a rural setting.”— Ben Bolin
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Horses and motorized vehicles not allowed. Closed on various weeks during the fall and winter for managed deer hunts.
Over all the trail system is fast and flowy. There are about 2 miles of moderate tech trails and the rest just flows and prompts for fast riding.
Beginners would take the east trails (TNT) by taking a left off the asphalt trail at the trailhead. If you are looking for the more technical trials then take a right onto Lakeside Speedway that will split into Neale's Trail.
The entire trail system can be ridden in one big loop which is 11.4 miles in length. Go right and stay right or go left and stay left to cover the entire system without much navigational error.
Need to Know
Nearest town: Smithville, MO
Directions from nearest town: Travel North through Smithville for about 4 miles on 169 Highway. Turn right (East) on "W" Highway, and travel to the bridge over the lake. Keep traveling east on "W" Highway a few hundred feet to a paved parking lot on the right.
Trail location from the parking lot:
Go south on the paved trail to trailhead, you can go West into Lakeside Speedway and Neale's Trail , East into T-N-T, or South on the County walking 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. This trailhead enters at Stan's Southside loop.
Going right onto the west side trails will send you into the most technical features of the system in the first 3 miles of riding. The technical aspects are logs, creek crossings and baby head rock gardens with some off camber rocky sections on Neale's Trail to finish out the technical part. All is still moderate level rider abilities to get through it. After the first 3 or so miles the system is all fast flowy tight woods trail with dirt, roots and rocks sprinkled in at various places. There are no long sustained climbs or downhills as most of the terrain is rolling.
This trail system is most commonly ridden west side first. The saying for directions is, "Go right, stay right or go left, stay left." That will get you around the system with little error.
The system is a favorite for people just cutting their teeth on singletrack since there is some challenge without much penalty. The advanced riders love railing this trail system in sub-hour laps for an outstanding rush of adrenaline and cardio workout. If it's not technical enough for you then just ride it faster. The tight tree lined trails at full speed kick up the tech level.