• 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!

Dec 5, 2019, 4:36 PM
Searching for plans this weekend? The City of Liberty, Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc. and Clay County would like to extend an invitation to Hometown Holidays and the Mayor's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, this Saturday, December 7, 2019 on the Historic Downtown Liberty Square. Read more.
Nov 25, 2019, 2:38 PM
Nov. 22, 2019: We have been in touch with the Missouri State Auditor about her interest in meeting with the Assistant County Administrator on a couple of matters and are working with their office to coordinate times for this to occur. Read more.
Nov 18, 2019, 4:36 PM
On November 18, 2019 the Clay County Commission voted to approve Resolution 2019-374, which effectively begins the formation of a Constitutional Charter Advisory Committee. Read more.
Around Clay County
bundle up for these warm winter activities!

Get ready to holiday with Clay this winter with oodles of holly jolly events and activities that are sure to make your season merry and bright! 

Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit quite like a jolly event or two! Clay has plenty of events to go around this year, so make sure you bundle up and go enjoy them! On December 7th, visit Hometown Holidays in Historic Downtown Liberty is a festive family favorite. Hop aboard a holiday themed trolley tour in Downtown Excelsior Springs for a truly unique experience. On December 14th, you and your family can enjoy a magical night at Downtown Kearney’s Christmas event.  VISIT Clay County Tourism Logo_CMYK [Converted]-01.png

Tree decorating events can be found all around Clay during the holiday season. If you’re looking to enjoy one of these events this year, here’s a list of what’s coming up: November 19th, Gladstone Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting; November 22nd, North Kansas City Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting; December 7th, Liberty Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting.

Find some holiday joy at one of Clay’s many merry seasonal destinations. WinterFest at Worlds of Fun is a massive winter-land playground that offers all things holiday. The Linden Square Ice Skating Rink is a wonderful place to visit for a bit of wintry fun. The Hall of Trees in Excelsior Springs’ Hall of Waters is a beautiful ode to the season that is sure to dazzle. Don't forget, plenty of downtowns in Clay get festive during the holiday seasons with lights and décor, making them the perfect places to stop and visit for some winter fun!


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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.