Welcome the Town of Clayton, North Carolina

Community Center: 

Hours of Operation: 
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours (March 1 – Oct. 31):
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
​Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Physical Address:
715 Amelia Church Road
Clayton, NC 27520

Greenway Bridge Repair Project Set to Begin This Fall

Our popular greenways took a hit when the Neuse River reached almost record high flood levels following Hurricane Matthew. That damage, coupled with a long-term upgrade to a utility station, closed two sections. One area has re-opened, but a bridge just off the Charleston Drive access point off of the Riverwood Athletic Club neighborhood remains out. That wooden bridge was picked up by floodwaters and damaged and now needs to be replaced. Funding the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been secured, bids were received and the Town should be entering into a contact in mid-October. The bridge should be completed before spring.​ Until then, greenway users can detour around. 

This bridge has been a top priority for the Town. Unfortunately, because the Town didn’t build this originally (the developer did) and federal government dollars are being pursued to replace it, there are layers that complicate a speedy replacement. The original bridge was not engineered to withstand great floods, so, for the sake of our popular and valuable greenway system, we pursued a design and build that will hopefully withstand future weather events to prevent this from happening again. 

Initial cost estimates were close to $200,000 to replace. We believed strongly that FEMA would pay for the bridge’s replacement and we have been meticulously following the steps required in their process, which included numerous meetings and several site visits by FEMA and state representatives and verification of necessary environmental permitting because of the proximity to Mark's Creek. We received the green light from FEMA and then began to move through the state approval process. We did not have control of their approval timeline. We received the last outstanding/required approval necessary for our design and plans from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Emergency Management, advertised for bids, chose a bidder and are working to have a contract signed by the end of October with removal of the damaged bridge set to begin shortly thereafter and construction of the pre-fabricated bridge to follow.  Again, completion is set to before spring. We'll share more specific timelines as soon as we sign the contract. We appreciate everyone's continued patience. 

The green spaces and trails in our Town are wonderful to see and travel down, anytime of the year!

These greenways also provide a safe way for families to experience Clayton.  Clayton has gone the extra mile to ensure that safety.  The Clayton Police Department does regular patrols on a four-wheeled ATV along the trail routes, the Clayton Fire Department and Planning Department worked diligently to map the trail and designate addresses along the route so that if someone makes a 911 Call from the trail, their location would immediately be pinpointed by emergency responders.

Sam's Branch Greenway - 1358 N. O'Neil Street

Sam's Branch Greenway is a beautiful 1.25 mile, 10-foot-wide paved pedestrian and biking trail made possible with roughly $600,000 in funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The greenway leads to the winding Neuse River and now connects with the newly dedicated Clayton River Walk on the Neuse, a 4-mile section of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail. These trails now allow families to enjoy 30+ miles of biking or hiking all the way from Clayton to Falls Lake Dam in Raleigh.

Fun Facts about Sam's Branch Greenway Trailhead & Parking. Did you know that from 1358 N O'Neil Street to:
     * Outdoor Public Art is 1 mile
     * Neuse River is 1.25 miles
     * Pedestrian Bridge over Neuse is 1.75 miles
     * Clayton River Walk on the Neuse Trailhead & Parking is 2.25 miles
     * Wake County Line is 5.25 miles
* Falls Lake Dam in Raleigh is 33 miles

Clayton River Walk on the Neuse - 2686 Covered Bridge Road

Maybe you'd like to strap on a helmet and embark on a 32-mile scenic trek from Clayton to Falls Lake Dam in Raleigh. Perhaps you'd like to get your children away from the TV and give them a breath of fresh air riding their bicycles along the sparkling Neuse River. Or maybe you just need some quality family time to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the picturesque view from the pedestrian bridge spanning the river.

Clayton River Walk on the Neuse is a beautiful 4-mile, 10-foot wide paved trail that begins at the Wake County/Johnston County line and parallels the Neuse River under Covered Bridge Road. It is part of the 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which will connect Clingman's Dome in North Carolina's Great Smokey Mountains National Park to Jockey's Ridge State Park all the way at the coast. If you would like to learn more about how to section or thru hike on the MST visit the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail . Clayton's section has also been designated as part of the 2,500-mile East Coast Greenway that will extend from Maine to Florida, linking cities in every state on the eastern seaboard.

Clayton River Walk on the Neuse connects with the recently completed Sam's Branch Greenway, a 1.25 mile 10-foot-wide paved multi-purpose trail which was also made possible with $600,000 in funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  A section of Sam's Branch is adorned with a public art project involving local artists and school children.

To ease access to these trails, the Town of Clayton just finished a trailhead/parking lot and access ramp at the intersection of the Neuse River and Covered Bridge Road. It was made possible by grant money from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Quality.

Fun Facts about Clayton River Walk on the Neuse Trailhead & Parking. Did you know that from 2686 Covered Bridge Road to:
     * Pedestrian Bridge over Neuse is .5 miles south
     * Outdoor public art is 1.2 miles south
     * Sam's Branch Trailhead is 2.25 miles south
     * Wake Count Line is 3 miles north
     * Mial Plantation Road Bridge is 4 mils north
     * Falls Lake Dam in Raleigh is 30.5 miles north

Clayton Community Center - 715 Amelia Church Road

If you still wish to walk but the weather is not cooperating, we have a solution for that too!  We have an indoor walking track inside the Community Center.  If walking the indoor trail is not your thing, we also have treadmills and step machines available to get your exercise in.  The Community Center also has several different classes prepared to get your heart rate up!

Legend Park - 550 City Road

This is a park designed with the athlete in mind.  We have a ball field and a wonderful mountain bike trail.  There is parking available at the entrance.  The trails were designed to challenge beginners and advanced riders.  To learn more about this trail and all that it offers, click here.

Clayton Community Park - 1075 Amelia Church Road

This is the park that has a little bit of everything for any person.  We have a 1/2 mile paved trail that you can walk and get your exercise.  If you bring the kids along, they can walk along with you or they can be playing on the playground.  If you just want to get away to nature then we also have an unpaved wooded trail that you can take advantage of.

East Clayton Community Park - 1774 Glen Laurel Road

On the east side of the Town we have the East Clayton Community Park.  We have so many future plans for this park!!  In the meantime, you can enjoy a 1 mile paved & gravel loop in the park to get out and enjoy some time outside.

We have a printable brochure that shows all of the trails.  Print it out and try to visit all the wonderful parks, greenways, and trails that the Town of Clayton has to offer!


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