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Situated in the northwestern corner of Clay County, Smithville is home to one of Greater Kansas City Area's premier recreational locations: 7200-acre Smithville Lake.

The downtown heritage district offers award-winning dining and unique local shops with special events year round. Or head to nearby Ladoga Winery to sip local varietals and enjoy fantastic views. If you love the outdoors, head to the 7,200-acre

Smithville Lake which features camping, boating, fishing and hunting. You'll also find miles of trails for biking and hiking, golfing and 26 miles of equestrian trails.

Quick facts about Smithville, MO:
  • Smithville was named for the Smith family, who settled along the Little Platte River in 1822.
  • Smithville became a town in the 1830s.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began impounding Smithville Lake in 1979, creating today's popular recreational lake.
  • Smithville is home to many fun events, including Smithville's Backyard BBQ Bash (Amateur BBQ Contest).
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