• 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! 

  • 2nd Annual Happy Haunt is Coming!

    2nd Annual Happy Haunt is Coming!

    Looking for something fun this Fall? Join us at the Smithville Nature Center for Happy Haunt! From 6-7:30pm on Oct 4th, come play games, enjoy a hot-dog picnic & watch a special StoneLion Halloween puppet show! The event is free, but space is limited. Register here!

  • 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!

Oct 31, 2018, 11:44 AM
In efforts to safeguard the taxpayers of Clay County against frivolous lawsuits and other litigation, the County Commission has retained Lowell Pearson, partner at Husch Blackwell LLP, as Lead Counsel.
Oct 31, 2018, 11:42 AM
During Clay County’s first Commission Session of 2018, the County Commission unanimously approved payments to Synergy House, Inc. from the county’s Domestic Violence Fund.
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Last-minute Summer Fun Around Clay County!

logo(2).pngThe start of the school year is creeping up fast, which means it’s more important now than ever to fill up the last of your summer months with family-friendly fun! Here’s a look at what you can do before school is officially back in session.

Want to enjoy live music outside? Visit Gladstone’s Linden Square during their Sounds on the Square series to jam out to some local bands. Head to the amphitheater at Oak Grove Park August 2nd through the 4th to watch a free musical performance of the Disney hit, Tarzan! Catch local artists Noe Palma, Travis Marvin, and State Line Drive on August 3rd at the Kearney Country Showdown at the Kearney Amphitheatre. 

Looking to cool off during this summer heat? Check out the Sprayground at Dagg Park in North Kansas City. Try out a new hobby by renting a kayak or paddleboard from Northland Outdoor Adventures at Smithville Lake! Plan a trip to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun; don’t forget that their first annual Grand Carnivale event is happening through August 4th, you don’t want to miss the festivities!

Before the summer is up, visit Downtown Smithville, Saturdays in August, to celebrate during Hot Summer Nights! Enjoy some delicious barbeque during Excelsior Springs’ annual BBQ and Fly-In on the River August 16th through the 17th!

With all the exciting summer events and destinations, Clay has to offer, there’s no reason for the last few weeks of vacation to be anything but great! Check out a full schedule of Clay County events at VisitClayMO.com!

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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.