Most hikers in our region are waiting for cooler fall weather and the first frost that kills the ticks and sends snakes into hibernation to start the hiking season. 

Smoke & Davey is located in the Smithville Lake area, in Clay County, about 30 minutes north of Kansas City, Kansas. This trail is named for the two Clay County Parks staff members who constructed it. 

Smithville Lake is a 7,200-acre lake with more than 175 miles of mostly forest-covered shorelines. The lake has two full-service marinas with boat rentals, one sailboat-only marina, and a dockside restaurant. Fishing is allowed from the shore or from a boat. 

This hiking trail is a part of the Smithville Lake trail system totaling over 37 miles, of which 11.5 miles are designated as single-track mountain biking trails and 32 miles are equestrian trails. You can see a full map of the area here.  The trails are either paved 10-foot-wide asphalt walking/biking trails or chip trails. 

Remember not to hike on muddy trails since it can damage them. Check for trail closings due to muddy conditions here

Smoke and Davey trail through woods

This area is an especially popular destination with mountain bikers.

Smoke and Davey map

You can hike any section out of the whole 22 miles. This loop was about 8 miles.

Smoke and Davey bulletin board

A bulletin board by the parking lot at the beginning of the trail provides free maps and information on birds and wildlife that live in the area.

Smoke and Davey hedge apple trees

Part of the hike goes under an old grove of hedge apples. If old trees could talk….

Smoke and Davey wooden walkway

The paths are very well maintained, and wet areas are covered with boardwalks.

Smoke and Davey backpacks on a log

There are always places to rest. Make sure you bring plenty of liquids (we prefer water and hot tea) and snacks to keep your energy up  



Hiking Kansas City book cover

Hiking Kansas City: the complete guide to more than 100 hiking and walking trails in the Kansas City area by William B. Eddy, Richard O. Ballentine

Format: Book

Call Number: 917.7841 EDDY

Publication Date: 2001

book cover Woman in the Wild

Woman in the wild: the everywoman’s guide to hiking, camping, and backcountry travel by Susan Joy Paul

Format: Book

Call Number: 796.5082 PAUL

Publication Date: 2021

Book cover Hiking Missouri

Hiking Missouri by Kevin M. Lohraff

Format: Continuing Resources

Call Number: 917.7804 MISSOURI 2ND.ED 2009

Publication Date: 2023

book cover Hiking Guide to Kansas

Hiking guide to Kansas by Catherine M. Hauber

Format: Book

Call Number: 917.8104 HAUBER

Publication Date: 1999

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