Clayton Real Estate
To the locals of Johnston County, or JOCO as it is commonly named, Clayton offers more than just a convenient location in the Triangle. Considered a satellite town of Raleigh, only 25 minutes away, Clayton is one of the fastest growing cities in the Research Triangle Park Region. The largest town in Johnston County, they report a population of about 21,000 and counting. Clayton is also home to many farmers who have created agritourism activities like markets, farm tours, pick your own products, and beautiful backdrops for weddings and events. Whether you’re working on the farm or commuting to the Research Triangle, Clayton is a great community to call home.
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Clayton boasts a wide variety of restaurants from traditional southern food to traditional Dominican fare. At Manning’s, you can expect some of your southern favorites, but with a modern twist. Chef Howard Manning has been praised for his creativity and expertise in the kitchen.
If you like barbeque, Charlie’s BBQ has hand-pulled pork that you’ll love. Not only do they serve in-house, but they offer catering for events from tailgates to weddings.
For something new or different, head to Caribbean Delight to try traditional Dominican food. This well-loved restaurant will remind you of the tropics, warm and sunny, while leaving you full and satisfied.
If you’re looking for a local place to grab a beer, Deep River Brewing Company is the first legal brewery in Johnston County with a great product. They use locally grown raw materials in their production whenever possible and have daily onsite or offsite events like food trucks or live music.
Clayton offers lots of unique shopping opportunities. The Market at Three Little Birds has a wide selection of products sourced from over 30 local artisans including man cave goods, hand-painted furniture, gifts, home decor, nursery items, aromatherapy supplies, clothes, baked goodies and more. Their products are unique and sure to make a great addition to your home.
If you’re looking for a place to get your next favorite outfit, Mamma Shabs Boutique is a the spot for you. With women’s clothes and jewelry, it’s the perfect place to find unique pieces to add to your wardrobe.
For fresh produce, the Clayton Farm and Community Market is open year-round to meet your needs. All of their products are locally sourced, supporting North Carolina Farmers and ensuring freshness.
Whether you want to take a walk or picnic with your family, Clayton has plenty of parks to choose from, and the Clemmons Educational State Forest is a great place for both. They have picnic facilities, multiple waking/hiking trails, and they even have outdoor education workshops.
Clayton also has many other park facilities with features like ball fields, tennis courts, a disc golf course, trails, playgrounds, dog parks, and even mountain biking trails. You can find these things at Legend Park, East Clayton Dog Park, Clayton Community Park, and more. No matter where you go, there is fun for the whole family.
The Clayton Center is a great place to see local art exhibits and performances. The exhibits change every month, and they even offer a three week camp for middle schoolers to explore the performing arts and harness their talents.
In the heart of Clayton, you’ll find the Downtown Sculpture Trail. Every year, artists from the area and across the country submit their pieces to be displayed on the trail. The sculptures are a bright and lively addition to downtown, and you can walk the trail to see them all yourself!
There are many events throughout the year held in the Clayton Town Square. In the summertime, you can attend the free Town Square Concert Series once every month from May through September. If you’re looking for something fun for the family, you can also go see a movie outside under the stars in the Town Square. All you need to bring are some blankets, chairs, and your friends and family.
Clayton also holds different festivals every year. The Shindig, a music and food festival, is held in November. Admission is free, and there are tons of food trucks, merchants, and even a beard contest! At the end of October, you can also attend the 5-day long Clayton Harvest Festival. There are carnival rides, music, BBQ competitions, a classic car show, and more. At both events, you’re sure to make lasting memories with family and friends.
In the fall, Clayton also offers fun farm activities for the whole family. Boyette Family Farms is the home of Clayton Fear Farm, the only farm fear park in the Research Triangle area. During the day, the whole family can head out for pumpkin picking, playgrounds, corn mazes, and more. At night, the ghouls and ghosts come out in the different attractions like the Haunted Hayride, Slaughterhouse, and the Haunted Maze.
Clayton, like its neighboring towns, has great schools to offer. You’ll find Claytons kids in schools like Riverwood Elementary, Cooper Academy, Powhatan Elementary, Riverwood Middle, and Cleveland High School. For more information about Clayton’s schools, visit the Johnston County Public School website.Search Listings in Clayton