Smithville Lake Equestrian Trails

I finally finished my reconnaissance of the 26 miles of equestrian trails at Smithville Lake.  There are paper copies of the map in a brochure at the Jack Rabbit Bend trail head and probably in Crow’s Creek Park too.

The trail west of point C wasn’t explored as it looks like it is mostly grassy and hence not very interesting to me. There are other grassy areas too, like east of point Y and a bit on either side of access point 23.  The rest is nicely wooded with occasional lake views. Mostly well-marked.  Near point S there is a creek where it will be difficult to stay clean and dry. It’s about 10 feet wide and maybe 5-6 inches deep with muddy, heavily-divoted banks and no rocks on which to hop across.  There are places where the white (boundary) trail passes behind some houses and you may be harassed by dogs – like between points M and P and again east of point Y.

The sections that made the best first impression are between points C-H and Q-Y.

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About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.
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