Clayton is a Hidden Gem of the Triangle

Big-city living doesn’t come without its share of small-town gems… and Clayton, NC is undoubtedly one of those gems. Located just 15 miles southeast of Raleigh (about a 30 minute drive from Downtown to Downtown), Clayton is a small but fast-growing town bursting with Southern charm and absolutely filled with possibilities. Beautiful neighborhoods and homes (many of them new!), amazing parks and trails, tons of fun events and activities, a completely quaint Downtown scene… What’s not to love about Clayton?

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Clayton at a Glance

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Quick Facts

Population: 18,553
County: Johnston, Wake
Zip Codes: 27520, 27527
Median Home Value: $201,700

Travel & Commute

Downtown Raleigh: 30 min
RDU Airport: 40 min
RTP: 40 min
Major Roads: US-70BUS, NC-42, I-40

Clayton Area Attractions

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All the Fun of Downtown Clayton

Head to Downtown Clayton and find a world of small-town fun! Explore local shops, delicious restaurants, and booming businesses. Sing your heart out at Flipside Karaoke or enjoy wine tastings at Wine on Main. Head to The Clayton Center to catch a theatrical performance or a concert. Discover art in public spaces along the Clayton Sculpture Trail. Enjoy fun events, from concerts in the park and weekly farmers markets to festivals that attract thousands.

Tons of Ways to Get Outside

Get outside and get active—it’s easy in Clayton. Enjoy the amazing amenities of Clayton’s numerous parks, including ball fields and courts, picnic areas and playgrounds, paved trails and Neuse River access, and even special features like a dog park, a disc golf course, and a mountain bike trail.

At the Clayton Community Center, you can enjoy the use of a gymnasium, walking track, and fitness center, plus access to art and culture classes, open gym sports, and fitness classes and other athletic programs.

Clayton is also home to two beautiful greenway systems, the Sam’s Branch Greenway and the Clayton River Walk on the Neuse. Sam’s Branch Greenway leads to the River Walk, which follows along the Neuse River and connects to the Neuse River Trail in Raleigh. This 30+ mile trail extends from Clayton to Falls Lake Dam in Raleigh and is part of the 1,000+ mile Mountains to Sea Trail spanning North Carolina.

Exciting Community Events

There’s always something fun happening in Clayton! Enjoy tons of annual events throughout the year, from the July 4th Celebration to the Christmas Village and Tree Lighting. There’s the Mondo Roots Art & Music Festival, the Clayton Harvest & Music Festival, and Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat. For those who love to stay active, there are athletic events like the Clayton Road Race or the NC Senior Games. And there are plenty of regularly occurring events, too, like Farmers Markets, Town Square Concerts, and Movie Nights at Town Square.

Top-Notch Public Schools

Students of Clayton are served by the top-performing and vastly improved Johnston County Public Schools—and Clayton is home to some of the best schools within the district! Some of the best schools in Clayton include Riverwood Elementary, Powhatan Elementary, Riverwood Middle, Cleveland High School, and Clayton High School. Plus, students also have the option to attend the new Johnston Charter Academy charter school, or the Neuse Charter School in nearby Smithfield.

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