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Clayton, North Carolina

An affordable housing market has made Clayton NC a very popular place to find a new home. The variety of quality homes is abundant. Developing communities, lead by Riverwood & Flowers Plantation, offer top amenities which would cost significantly more if these same communities were situated nearer to Downtown Raleigh.

Approximately 30 minutes southeast of Downtown Raleigh, Clayton is located near HWY I-40. Now, with the arrival of HWY 70 Clayton Business Bypass, commuting times are shortened even more. To the east is I-95, which opens a corridor to the entire East Coast.

Clayton is located on the western edge of the rapidly growing Johnston County.

The official slogan for the Town of Clayton is "A Premier Community for Active Families." In addition to being a great place to live and work, Clayton is a wonderful place to play. Entertainment and recreational opportunities abound and appeal to residents and visitors of all ages.

Clayton is a burgeoning artists community. The cultural arts -- visual and performing arts -- continue to grow as citizens find fewer and fewer reasons to venture out of town for entertainment.

The Clayton Center, which features a 600-seat auditorium, was renovated from the former Clayton school buildings into a state-of-the-art performance and conference center. It is home to the Palladian Series, a professional performance series that runs between October and May annually. The auditorium also is rented to local groups for pageants, concerts and presentations. The Conference Center has quickly become a destination for both the businesses and civic communities around the region. It also is home to visual artist exhibitions throughout the year.

The Harvest Festival -- the Clayton Chamber's largest event of the year -- brings artists and craftsmen from the local region and around the state to Clayton annually in September. The Clayton Art Faire, sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts committee, is held each year in June in conjunction with Millstock, a local music and crafts festival.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department provides a wide variety of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities and maintains several parks and trails throughout town. The department facilitates youth and some adult sports programs and community activities, as well as a program of life-improvement classes. Call (919) 553-1550 for more information. The state also maintains Clemmons Educational State Forest, which is used as a living Clemmons Park environmental education center, just outside of town. Ranger-conducted programs are available to groups visiting the Forest and the entire family will enjoy hiking and picknicing. Group camping is available; reservations are required. Call (919) 553-5651 for more information. The Clayton Senior Center offers a number of activities for residents 55 and older throughout the week. The facility is located in the Village Gardens apartment complex and is operated by the Johnston County Council on Aging.

Golf enthusiasts will find three excellent golf courses on which to spend their time: The Neuse, Pine Hollow, and Riverwood.

Clayton NC also is in close proximity to the ballpark for the MudCats minor league baseball team; Jordan Lake, Falls Lake, Harris Lake, and Kerr Lake recreation areas for fishing, boating, and watersports; the North Carolina coast, and other attractions around the Triangle area.

Student achievement in the Johnston County Schools ranks within the top 20 percent of North Carolina school districts. The district is comprised of 36 schools, including a center for academically and intellectually talented elementary students and a Middle College High School that offers students a dual enrollment in community college. Johnston County Schools has more than 27,000 students and 3,800 employees.

Clayton NC area schools are among the best within the county. They include West Clayton Elementary, East Clayton Elementary, Cooper Elementary, Riverwood Elementary and River Dell Elementary schools serving grades K-5; Clayton Middle School, Riverwood Middle School, and Cleveland Middle School serving grades 6-8; and Clayton High School and West Johnston High School serving grades 9-12. All schools are accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. With the grwoing population new shools are coming on line in various parts of Johston County. Two of the most recent additions are the beautiful Corith-Holder High School and Archer Lodge Emelmentary.

- Clayton Chamber of Commerce

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