Clayton: Town Southeast of Raleigh (State Capital of North Carolina) [Clemmons Educational State Forest]


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Clayton is a town southeast of Raleigh (state capital of North Carolina).

NOTE: Clayton is located in Johnston County.

Key features of Clayton include as follows.

  • Location and Accessibility: Located southeast of Raleigh, Clayton is conveniently located for commuting to and from work, with easy access to major highways such as I-40 and US 70, and easy access from nearby cities.
  • Community and Culture: Clayton has a friendly, tight-knit community with a variety of family-friendly events and activities throughout the year. Downtown features historic buildings, local stores, restaurants, and cultural venues.
  • Economy and Development: The city has experienced significant economic growth with new residential and commercial development. The business environment is excellent and attracts many companies.
  • Education: Clayton is known for quality education with several public schools serving a variety of grade levels.
  • Recreation and Parks: There are numerous parks, greenways, and recreational facilities for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and sports.
  • Events and Festivals: Clayton hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year to celebrate arts, music, local culture, holidays, and more.
  • Real Estate: A variety of housing options are available, from single-family homes to apartments and condominiums.
  • Health Care and Services: Medical facilities and clinics are located in and around Clayton, providing easy access to health care services.
  • Attractions: Museums, historic sites, and natural parks in the area provide a variety of recreational and educational opportunities. A representative nature park is Clemmons Educational State Forest.

Clayton is a rapidly growing community with a charming rural atmosphere.

Clayton is about 30 km (18 miles) southeast of Raleigh, about a 20 minute drive.

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5 Recommended Attractions in Clayton

Here are 5 recommended attractions in Clayton.

Clemmons Educational State Forest

Clemmons Educational State Forest is the first educational state forest in North Carolina and opened in Johnston County in 1976.

You can enjoy a variety of experiences that stimulate the senses and the mind, including self-guided trails, exhibits, and ranger-led classes.

Click the following to watch videos introducing Clemmons Educational State Forest.

Deep River Brewing Company

Deep River Brewing Company is a 15 BBL, two-vessel brewery designed specifically for its location.

Deep River Brewing Company is located at "700 W. Main Street in downtown Clayton, NC" and is known as "Johnston County's First Legal Brewery".

Johnston County's first legal beer was produced on February 28, 2013.

Deep River Brewing Company officially opened on April 6, 2013, with a sold-out grand opening party attended by 250 people.

The features of Deep River Brewing Company is to use locally sourced ingredients as much as possible.

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Revival 1869

Revival 1869 is a bar where you can gather with friends, meet new people, reminisce about the past, and celebrate good times.

Located on Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Clayton, Revival 1869 features over 300 whiskeys and spirits from around the world.

The menu features a variety of classic cocktails as well as seasonal house-made craft cocktails.

In addition, the menu features shareable small plates, including a world-class charcuterie board featuring international and local cured meats and artisanal cheeses.

Revival 1869 has a great passion for jazz and the arts, bringing live professional jazz from near and far and regularly hosting unique art events.

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Clayton Community Park

Clayton Community Park is a park with the following facilities.

  • 0.8 km (0.5 miles) of paved trails
  • Dirt trail in the woods
  • Three ball fields
  • Two sand volleyball courts
  • Picnic shelter
  • Unpaved wetlands
  • Six sheltered tennis courts
  • Two playground areas
  • Eight Boccia courts
  • Shelter and wildlife viewing area

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Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center

Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center is a bowling alley where you can have a great time at a price that won't break the family budget.

There are many bumper bowling lanes for children!

Bumpers are great for keeping bowling balls from falling into the grooves and for keeping little ones smiling.

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We introduced Clayton, a town southeast of Raleigh (State Capital of North Carolina).

Clayton is home to North Carolina's first educational state forest, Clemmons Educational State Forest.

Book your travel arrangements here if you would like to learn more about it!