• One of a Kind...

    One of a Kind...

    Clay County is a premier place to live, work, and play.  We have the thrill of urban development and the comfort of cozy neighborhoods... all surrounded by natural beauty!  At the government level, we strive to supplement our citizens’ experience by doing the core things extraordinarily well.  We deliver safe, smooth roadways outside of city limits; offer a network of parks, recreation, and historic sites; and we are committed to public safety, family-friendly events and public outreach. Our employees are here for you! 

  • Welcome to Clay County

    Welcome to Clay County

    If you are new to the area, just visiting or have lived here forever and are wondering what may be new or exciting... we invite you to head over to www.visitclaymo.com to look through our visitor's guide, check out all there is to see, do and eat! There is something for everyone. Find ideas for romantic getaways, fun things to do with your kiddos or plan a night out with your favorite people. It's all in Clay!

  • Wander Back in Time...

    Wander Back in Time...

    Join us at one of Clay County's many historic sites. Spend an afternoon with Jesse James, go back in time to a one-room schoolhouse or visit the oldest continuously occupied home turned museum in Clay County! You can even plan your wedding at Historic Mt. Gilead Church built in 1833. Plan your adventure back in time... just stop by the Historic Sites and Museums section of our new tourism website then get out there and explore!

  • 27 Miles of Trails... Come Hike the Lake!

    27 Miles of Trails... Come Hike the Lake!

    Smithville Lake will be nothing short of spectacular this fall! The beautiful trees and sparkling lake can be the backdrop of your next family outing, romantic picnic or playground adventure. Come explore our trails on foot, bike or horseback. Walk the amazing shoreline or camp fireside. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

Sep 23, 2019, 4:03 PM
Our County is committed to upholding each citizen’s fundamental right to be free from the threat of violence and abuse. We would like to invite the public to join us in observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 16, 2019, at 12:30 p.m., with the unveiling of a newly-renovated Resource Center at the James S. Rooney Justice Center. Read more.
Sep 17, 2019, 9:47 AM
Once again Auditor Nicole Galloway is attempting an audit by press release, rather than simply getting to work on the audit requested by the citizens of Clay County. The State Auditor has been welcomed to Clay County, provided dedicated office space which she has allowed to sit vacant for months, provided 300,000 lines of financial data and multiple tours of County facilities.
Sep 3, 2019, 9:38 AM
While Clay County does not agree with the decision in favor of the plaintiff on Count One, we are pleased that the Sheriff’s claim for attorney fees was not deemed valid by the judge. Read more...
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SHRED-It is coming!

Come down to the County sponsored document shredding event this October!ShredIt-New website.jpg

Shred-it mobile trucks will be on site at Liberty United Methodist Church - Rush Creek Campus on October 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon or until the trucks are at capacity.

Residents are encouraged to bring up to 2 bankers, or copy paper size boxes of documents for safe and secure destruction.

This event serves as a way to increase public awareness of identity theft, making our communities safer places to live. Proof of residency is NOT required. See you there!

festive fall fun for the whole family!


Fall is just around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to start planning what you want to do this season! Whether you’re looking for fun for the whole family or something spookier, Clay’s got you covered.

Pumpkins Galore: Visit the Kearney Fun Farm for a plethora of fall fun and attractions starting September 13. Find even more fall festivities at Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch in Liberty! Carolyn’s opens for the fall season on September 21st.

Mysterious Mazes: The Liberty Corn Maze opens for the season on September 6th and their 2019 maze design is called Wild West in the Midwest.

Family-Friendly Frights: The Worlds of Fun’s Great Pumpkin Fest starts October 14th, the Happy Haunt Nature Walk and Boneyard Jamboree at Smithville Lake’s Nature Center is on October 4th, Kids Safe Halloween at the Shoal Creek Living History Museum is on October 26th, and the Bill Payne Halloween event in Excelsior Springs is on October 31st.

Frightful Fun: Worlds of Fun’s Halloween Haunt is the scary place to be this season, starting September 14th. On October 4th, the Excelsior Springs Chamber Trolley is offering several fall themed trolley tours. Find less frights and more history on the Big Shoal Cemetery Tour, held at the Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum on October 12th.

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We invite you to come explore all there is to see, do and enjoy! From our rich history to family fun or a unique date night, Clay County offers you so many options. Not sure what to do first? Head over to www.visitclaymo.com to help plan your day.

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Clay County Careers

Positions available for those with experience in maintenance, road work, marinas, law enforcement, landscape horticulture, help desk, airport specialist, customer service, golf technicians and more!

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Visit Our Parks & Historic Sites! 

Our vision is to provide Clay County citizens and all visitors a higher quality of life. We strive to provide our visitors with opportunities to explore every interest, hobby and educational program that we have available. We encourage you to come out and explore our parks, historic sites and participate in our programs throughout the year.