Enjoy gorgeous views, fresh mountain air, outdoor pursuits and scenic surroundings when you visit Clayton. This small attractive town in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains boasts expansive state parks, vineyards and historical buildings.
Take advantage of the beautiful scenery that surrounds Clayton. Explore waterfalls, streams and forests on trails that pass throughBlack Rock Mountain State Park. VisitTallulah Gorge State Parkand hike to the bottom of the gorge floor, which is nearly 1,000 feet (305 meters) deep in places. Look down into the Tallulah River from the suspension bridge that hangs 80 feet (24 meters) above the roaring water. Go swimming inLake Burtonand try whitewater rafting on theChattooga River. Fish atAndy's Trout Farm at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains.
The landscapes in and around Clayton give rise to vineyards, which produce an abundance of wines. Join a wine tasting adventure at12 Spies Vineyards,Tiger Mountain VineyardsandStonewall Creek Vineyards. Sip artisan-crafted whiskey and vodka atMoonrise Distillery.
Familiarize yourself with the town by taking the self-guided Historic Clayton Walking Tour. The route encompasses 18 historic buildings, including a gas station built by former professional basketball players in 1928. Browse clothing, home decor, accessory shops and many more on a downtown shopping expedition.
Drive lessthan 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) north of Clayton to theFoxfire Museum and Heritage Centerfor a window into the pioneer culture of the Southern Appalachians. Visit authentic pioneer cabins, view artifacts such as tools and furniture and learn about the lives of people who lived in the wilderness nearly 200 years ago.
Clayton lies 76 miles (122 kilometers) from Athens and 107 miles (172 kilometers) from Atlanta, the state capital. Come for a daytrip, long weekend or extended vacation and enjoy the impressive scenery, outdoor adventures and fascinating history.