Smithville Lake Trails

4.21 out of 5
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↑ 400 ft
↓ 300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Network of trails that coexist with a soon-to-be paved multiuse trail. They are great XC single track. Not super technical, but not boring either. Lots of wildlife. Trails can be confusing, check out for maps that are updated periodically. These trails are very much a work in progress. Watch for additions and improvements over the coming years.

Recommended route? Ride it all. They are a lot of fun and much love has been put down into them.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (15)

Bunny Hop

November 24, 2018
snoltz Bunny Hop  
Review: This is a great trail system to fly. For this into technical riding there are a couple of options but this system is mostly x-country. A loop will garner you 8-11 miles, so do two.


October 29, 2017
Midmoab Trailblazer  
Review: It was a beautiful ride, the trails are well maintained and there were very few people on the trail. I rode the entire trail, and a couple of portions twice. The western portions of the trail [lakeside, lower lakeside] felt like mountain bike trails with some variation in elevation to enjoy. The lower lakeside was tagged as black and there are a couple of spots on it that warrant that rating, but most of it is ride-able by those with intermediate skills. Most of the remaining trails are very flat so speed, either up or down, is a product of pedal, pedal, pedal. This is not necessarily bad, but if you are looking for "mountain bike" type terrain that varies and allows for some pumping. . .this is not it. There were enjoyable tight switchbacks on portions in cedar stands on Ol Grandad, WTT and Thirty Four. TNT had limited pump area, but more then most of the rest. I downloaded a map from Earth Riders [thank you]. . .without it directions would have been difficult. I do not think I saw a single blaze on any trail, just a sign with the trail name at the start, or intersection of the trail. I think that this system would be terrific for new riders to cut their teeth and can be fun for experienced riders on the western portions.


September 30, 2017
NuckinFutz Gramcounter  
Review: Really well maintained thanks to Earth Riders - Not overly technical but none the less a fun trail - Some faster sections, some uphill, some nice switchbacks - Overall well balanced and fun


November 6, 2016
ITP78 Gramcounter  
Review: Great trails

Granny Gear

June 15, 2016
Review: Rode this track today, great ride lots of corners, tons of roots and rocks, rocks, rocks, more tech than you might think. The black diamond trails will kick your ass but it's worth it! Absolute be back!

Granny Gear

May 25, 2015
CuzinMike Granny Gear  
Review: I've been riding these trails for years, and they are a blast for everyone from beginners to advanced riders. The majority of the trails are intermediate-level flowy singletrack, though there are a pair of beginner loops at each end of the trail system and a few advanced trails near the lake shore.

The singletrack snakes around miles of paved biking and jogging trails, so it's a great place to bring beginners to experience a little dirt, then bail to the pavement when they need a break. There are no real sustained climbs here, so it's very popular for singlespeed riders.

Riders in search of gnar probably won't be too impressed with Smithville, but it's well worth a trip if you just want to ride fast, flowy singletrack 30 min from downtown KC.

Similar Trail: Stocksdale/Walnut Woods

Granny Gear

May 23, 2015
kayakerfan Granny Gear  
Review: I would say most all the trails are relatively easy to intermediate. I am a beginner-intermediate level rider and I was able to navigate all trails relatively easily, that said, they are challenging and ridable at the the same time. My brother and I throughly enjoyed our afternoon, the trails were better than we expected, and we'll definitely be back.

Granny Gear

May 23, 2015
kayakerfan Granny Gear  
Review: I am an intermediate rider...

These trails are challenging, yet they are very ridable, with any experience at all you'd never need to get off your bike. They are ideal for beginner to intermediate riders. Hardcore riders expecting trails requiring advanced skills would be disappointed.

Granny Gear

April 1, 2015
Review: Great set of trails that flow good once you've gone through them a couple times. It is well maintained through out the year but gets wet and stays damp threw the spring almost no matter what.
Probably want to grab one of the maps in the parking lot before the ride because people tend to take down signs from time to time.
Overall very happy with the trails and the fact that its a ten minute drive from the house.


August 20, 2013
dcteater Poseur  
Review: Been here twice and thoroughly enjoy every second of my time at this trail system. The paved multi-use is a nice touch and keeps a lot of hikers off the MTB trails. Some rocky portions that challenge. Hills not too difficult but will get your heart pumping. I love riding through the cornfield area for some reason. Some areas are pretty fast which adds challenge and is fun. I think this is my second favorite place to ride in the greater KC area of KS and MO.

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