National Take a Walk in a Park Day

Did you know that tomorrow is National Take a Walk in a Park Day? With the weekend just beginning, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to a favorite park or to make a point to visit somewhere brand new! Clay County is home to several parks that we recommend you visit, but here is a list of just six that we think you should check out this spring!

1. MACKEN PARK

1002 Clark Ferguson Drive, North Kansas City, MO 64116

 

North Kansas City’s Macken Park is situated near downtown on a beautifully maintained 60 acres. The park features many amenities, including: reservable shelters, ball fields, walking trails, playgrounds, and more!

2. DAGG PARK

2000 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116

 

This 5-acre park is perfect for a family day outside, especially during the summer months. Along with shelters, playgrounds, and a rope play system, Dagg Park is home to an interactive water play with their zero-depth spray ground. The Spray Grounds is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend and it’s definitely something to mark down on your to-do list for this summer!

3. SMITHVILLE LAKE

17201 Paradesian, Smithville, MO 64089

 

Smithville Lake is a 7,200 acre lake and has more than 175 miles of shoreline. Smithville Lake’s amenities include: 2 swim beaches, 777 campsites, reservable shelters, 2 full service marinas including boat rentals, 1 sailboat only marina, 4 disc golf courses, great fishing whether from shore or by boat, 25 miles of walking/biking trails, 11 miles of single-track mountain biking trails, 26 miles of equestrian trails, and so much more!

4. HAPPY ROCK PARK

NE 76th and N Antioch, Gladstone, MO 64119

 

Located on 79.8 acres, Happy Rock Park offers numerous recreational activities. With 5 lighted ball fields, 4 soccer fields, 4 lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, 3 playgrounds, a 1.3 mile fitness trail, shelters, and more, Happy Rock Park is ideal for outdoor fun!

5. OAK GROVE PARK

NE 76th Street and Troost, Gladstone, MO 64118

 

A local favorite for community events (including Gladstone Theatre in the Park and the Gladstone Summertime Bluestfest) and more, Oak Grove Park’s 17 acres is home to numerous amenities that make it fun for the whole family. Featuring a playground, sand volleyball court, two shelters, picnic tables, a half mile walking trail, and an amphitheater, Oak Grove Park has lots to offer!

6. WATERWORKS PARK

NE 32nd Street and North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64116

 

This park is situated on 57.68 lush miles of hilly woodlands and is positioned to provide perfect views of Downtown Kansas City and North Kansas City, especially at night. Waterworks Park is most visited by those looking to play on the park’s massive disc golf course. The course features 18 holes/baskets and can be slightly difficult to navigate at times, but the sights and course are well worth the walk!

Spring into Hiking!

OUR TOP 5 SUGGESTIONS FOR SPRING HIKING…

Today marks the third official day of spring and, with the warm weather already this morning, it definitely feels like it! With the weekend on its way, now is the perfect time to begin planning some outdoor fun for the rest of spring.

A favorite activity of ours when the weather is nice is hiking, and there are several trails in Clay that you will want to visit while the weather is warming and the flowers are blooming.

Here is a list of the top 5 trails we suggest you visit this spring.

BONEBENDER TRAIL, SMITHVILLE LAKE

This 6 mile trail is paved all the way through and loops alongside the lake near the Camp Branch Swim Beach and the Little Platte arm of the lake. The trail meanders through scenic valleys that come to life with wildflowers during the spring and summer; usually there are birds and butterflies a-plenty to spot in this area as well. The trail is easy to access and comfortable to walk.

PAVED BICYCLE LAKE TRAIL, WATKINS MILL STATE PARK

The Paved Bicycle Lake Trail is 3.75 miles long and loops around Watkins Mill State Park’s beautiful Williams Creek Lake. As the name suggests, the trail is paved, making it perfect for a nice relaxing walk.

MARTHA LAFITE THOMPSON NATURE SANCTUARY, LIBERTY

Martha Lafite Thompson has numerous trails to offer, each are of varying difficulty and explore different sections of the woods. The sanctuary is home to a wide array of natural wildflowers and wildlife that will make any adventure along their trails during the spring a memorable occasion!

WAGGIN’ TRAILS DOG PARK, NORTH KANSAS CITY

Though not a trail, we thought it would be good to include a pet-friendly outdoor destination for your four-legged friends who are just as ready to get out and about after this long winter! Plan some playtime at Clay County’s premier dog park this spring for a barking good time!

PENGUIN PARK, KANSAS CITY

Whether you visit so the kids can play on the park’s newly revamped playground or to take a walk on the park’s looping paved trail, Penguin Park is a great place to visit for some outdoor fun this spring.

Outdoor Fun!

Spring is just around the corner, and just like everyone else, Visit Clay is looking forward to some warmer weather! We think now is the perfect time to look ahead at Clay’s top five favorite outdoor activities that we think everyone should try their hand at this spring and summer.

1. Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Northland Outdoor Adventures at Smithville Lake! 

NOA’s season doesn’t begin until May 4th, but we definitely recommend planning ahead when it comes to these outdoorsy rentals, because they do make an awesome addition to any camping trip at Smithville Lake. We recommend making a weekend out of it, camping, and spending some time on the water with your NOA rental this summer!

Click here to learn more!

2. Find a disc golf course and learn a new sport! 

Clay is home to a variety of disc golfs courses and, better yet, most are free to play on! If you’re planning on getting out more this spring and summer, then there’s really no better way than learning a new sport while exploring your local parks! Disc golf courses can be found at:

  • Waterworks Park, North Kansas City
  • Stocksdale Park, Liberty
  • Paradise Pointe Disc Golf Course, Smithville
  • William Jewell Disc Golf Course, Liberty
3. Take a hike on one of Clay County’s numerous trails! 
From wildlife preserves to parks with paved trails, Clay County offers tons of different ways for you to get out and enjoy nature this spring and summer. For unique trail systems of varying difficulty, we recommend you visit Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty. If you’re looking for paved trails with lake views, the trails systems at Smithville Lake and Watkins Mill are great for hiking and biking.
4. Attend a reenactment event! 
Since Clay is such an historic area, many of our sites and museums offer reenactment events throughout the spring and summer that we recommend you attend at least once! Shoal Creek Living History Museum has 1st Saturday events starting June 1st and running through September 7th. The Living History Farm Program at Watkins Woolen Mill operates weekly Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial weekend through early-August and is a great historic and interactive event for the whole family! Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum in Gladstone kicks off spring with a Civil War Spring Muster on April 13thClick here to learn more about Shoal Creek!

Click here to learn more about Atkins Johnson Farm!

Click here to learn about Watkins Woolen Mill!

5. Go camping at one of our local campgrounds! 

Clay County is a great place to visit for camping, especially in the spring and summer! Book a site at one of Smithville Lake’s campgrounds or at the Watkins Woolen Mill campground. We think camping is one of the best ways to make brand new summer memories!Click here to learn more about Watkins Mill camping!

Click here to learn more about Smithville Lake camping!

St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and we want to make sure everyone in Clay has the best chance to celebrate best they can in 2019!

 

Here’s a list of some of the top St. Patty’s Day celebrations in Clay, let us know in the comment what your festive favorite is!

 

1.Snake Saturday, North Kansas City

Enjoy Clay’s annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 16th with the Snake Saturday Parade and Festival! Click here to learn more!

 

2.Snake Saturday Celebration at Chicken N Pickle

Chicken N Pickle is celebrating Snake Saturday March 16th, it will be a great way to spend the afternoon after enjoying the parade! Click here to learn more!

 

3. Blanc Palette in Liberty

Blanc Palette has some festive art classes scheduled that offer a unique opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

 

March 7th: Shamrock String Art Class from 5:30 to 8:30

 

March 17th:St. Patty’s Day Painting and Mimosas from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm