Get Outside in Clayton
Location, location, location is the key to choosing Clayton for getting outside the city with outstanding parks and recreation facilities. You don't have to go far from the big cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill for some small town charm -- go hiking, biking, or exploring our craft beverage scene on the Beer, Wine and Shine Trail. It's always a sweet time to visit Clayton - click here for a suggested itinerary. When the weather is perfect for staying outdoors, even when dining, enjoy the many restaurants, cafes, and bars with spacious and shaded patios.
Explore the great outdoors in Clayton by attending a class at Clemmons Educational State Forest or taking a stroll along the Clayton River Walk or Sam's Branch Greenway; both are part of larger trail networks that reach into the Raleigh and Durham area over 70 miles and are also part of NC's Mountains to Sea Trail and the US East Coast Greenway. Don't forget to bring your dog along; all locations mentioned are pet friendly.
Check out Clayton for a great place to visit!
With so much to do Think Arts, Think Downtown, Think Clayton for your next trip! We invite you to explore the public art trail and mural trail around town; you can find an interactive map below of the Clayton Mural Trail with location information and more about each piece and artist. Be sure to take in a show at The Clayton Center for great music, speakers, and comedians year-round. Downtown Clayton is also home to many locally-owned businesses that have live music scheduled throughout the week.
And did we mention the amazing, savory dining choices and spots to satisfy your sweet tooth? Clayton has a chef-driven, locally-owned dining scene with multiple kinds of cuisine options. Try out Crawford Cookshop on Main St., Scott Crawford's first causal concept with a seasonal, rotating menu. There's delightful nightlight too - a vintage cocktail lounge, a tavern, a craft brewery, and more!
Clayton is the place to meet with several charming venues for weddings, conferences, and more. The town holds multiple festivals, summer concerts, outdoor movie series, and other special events throughout the year. In addition, Clayton's many businesses host classes, trivia nights, open mics, games, runs, holiday-themed events, fairs, exhibits, and more. See below for a list of all current events happening in the Clayton area.