Abundant choices for recreation and nature

    If your ambitions while on vacation include experiencing nature and enjoying the great outdoors, Johnston County has lots to offer.

    Get out along our trails for hiking and experience the life along the Neuse River where many of our venues intersect as the river runs from north of Clayton to south past the Bentonville community.  Nature and recreation are abundant with greenways for hiking and biking, kayaking and canoeing access to the river, hunting, and many fishing access points as well.

    For family outings visit two managed forests in the county for more activities like bird watching, horseback riding, picnics and fishing at Howell Woods and Clemmons.  Additional parks in the Towns of Clayton, Smithfield, Selma, Kenly, Four Oaks and Benson offer playgrounds and trails.

    Enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation activities include golf, paintball, batting cages and community centers for extra workouts.
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