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Clayton is a small city located in Rabun County in the northeast corner of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 2,019. Clayton sits in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, which are especially popular during the fall when leaves turn scarlet, orange and yellow. Anytime of the year is a good time to visit Clayton, however. It's historic beginnings begins in 1775 when explorer and naturalist William Bartram visiting the area. It was then called "Dividings" because it sat at the intersection of three important Cherokee trails. Two of the Cherokee trails eventually became main roads for Clayton, US 441 and US 76. Clayton was incorporated as a town in December 1823. Part of the Disney film, "Old Yeller" was filmed here in 1957. Attractions near Clayton include The Foxfire Museum, where students of Rabun County recorded, photographed and documented the residents of Southern Appalachia in a series of books. The Foxfire books looked deeply into the families of the communities and their heritage, folklore and memories of an era long past. For outdoor recreation, Rabun County is home to Black Rock Mountain State Park and Moccasin Creek State Park. Tallulah Gorge State Park is also near Clayton, and is home to one of the most spectacular gorges in the eastern U.S. Due to the rugged terrain and fragile plant and animal life, visitors must obtain a free permit from the interpretive center before hiking into Tallulah Gorge.

Surrounding areas: Dillard, Georgia (6.4 mi), Lakemont, Georgia (6.7 mi), Sky Valley, Georgia (8.5 mi), Lake Rabun, Georgia (8.6 mi), Lake Burton, Georgia (9.3 mi), Clarkesville, Georgia (19.6 mi), Hiawassee, Georgia (20.8 mi)

Clayton Vacation Rentals

Clayton Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days InnHwy 441 Box 1176Clayton, GA (706) 782-4258
Quality Inn & Suites834 Hwy 441 SClayton, GA (800) 334-2214
Stonebrook InnHwy 441Clayton, GA (706) 782-2214
Knights Inn3 Best Inn WayDillard, GA6.4 mi.(706) 746-5321
Holiday Inn Express64 White Oak LnDillard, GA7.4 mi.(706) 746-3383
Mountain High MotelMain St And Second StHighlands, NC16.6 mi.(828) 526-2790
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC19.6 mi.(828) 349-9000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites300 Big Sky DrHiawassee, GA20.8 mi.(706) 896-8884
Ramada Inn Lake Chatuge Lodge653 Hwy 76Hiawassee, GA20.8 mi.(706) 896-5253
Country Hearth Inn Toccoa302 W Savannah StToccoa, GA20.9 mi.(706) 297-7799
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC21.0 mi.(828) 369-2100
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC21.3 mi.(828) 369-0600
Country Inn And Suites By Carlson877 Edelweiss StrasseHelen, GA21.8 mi.(706) 878-9000
Shoney's Inn Toccoa350 Stephen CirToccoa, GA21.9 mi.(706) 886-1048
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC21.9 mi.(828) 524-6491
Best Western Alpine Helen8220 S Main StHelen, GA22.0 mi.(706) 878-2111
Days Inn Helen8288 S Main StHelen, GA22.0 mi.(706) 878-4079
Hofbrauhaus Inn1 Main StHelen, GA22.0 mi.(706) 878-2248
Super 8 Motel-helen8396 S Main StHelen, GA22.0 mi.(706) 878-2191
Chattahoochee Ridge LodgeHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-3144
Comfort Inn HelenEdelweiss DrHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-8000
Econo Lodge Helen749 Bruken Strase StHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-2141
Econo Lodge749 Brukenstasse StHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-2141
Hampton Inn - Helen On The River147 Unicoi StHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-3310
Heidi Motel Helen8820 North Main StHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-2689
Helendorf Aso33 MunichstrasseHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-2271
Holiday Inn Express8171 Hwy 75 NHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-8888
Ramada Limited11 Edelweiss StHelen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-1451
Unicoi State Park And Lodge1788 Hwy 356Helen, GA22.4 mi.(706) 878-2201
Days Inn-toccoa1101 S Big A RdToccoa, GA22.4 mi.(706) 886-9461
Cottage InnHwy 64 ECashiers, NC23.3 mi.(828) 743-3033
Valley Aire MotelHwy 107 NCashiers, NC23.3 mi.(828) 743-3998
Comfort Inn2965 J Warren RdCornelia, GA25.1 mi.(706) 778-9573
Comfort Inn CorneliaRt #2 B9Cornelia, GA26.3 mi.(706) 778-9273
Hampton Inn161 Market Corners DrCornelia, GA26.3 mi.(706) 778-0040
Holiday Inn Express1105 Business Hwy 441Cornelia, GA26.3 mi.(706) 778-3600
Days Inn11015 N Radio Station RdSeneca, SC26.8 mi.(864) 885-0710
Appletree Inn Cornelia809 South Main StCornelia, GA27.1 mi.(706) 778-7678
Travel Inn1573 Willingham AveBaldwin, GA27.4 mi.(706) 778-2186
Hampton Inn & Suites-Cashiers/Sapphire Valley3245 Hwy 64 ESapphire, NC27.5 mi.(828) 743-4545

Clayton Weather & Climate

The westernnmost mountain region of North Carolina is the smallest of the three main divisions of the state; the Coastal Plain, the Piedmont and the Mountains. However, its' range of elevation is the greatest; it stretches upward from around 1,500 feet along the eastern boundary to 6,684 feet at the summit of Mt. Mitchell. The climate is definitely effected by elevation. Overall, spring is unpredictable, summer is warm with moderate humidity, autumn is crisp and cool and winters are cold - but moderate. More extreme winter conditions can be expected at the mountain peaks. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the lower elevations. Although snow in winter is likely, most ski resorts rely on snowmaking equipment because daytime highs can often hover in the 40-degree range.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 49°F 26°F 7.33 in. -
February 53°F 27°F 6.35 in. -
March 60°F 33°F 7.42 in. -
April 68°F 40°F 5.12 in. -
May 75°F 49°F 6.79 in. -
June 82°F 57°F 5.60 in. -
July 84°F 62°F 5.33 in. -
August 83°F 61°F 6.09 in. -
September 78°F 56°F 5.60 in. -
October 70°F 43°F 5.02 in. -
November 61°F 35°F 6.28 in. -
December 52°F 28°F 6.43 in. -

Clayton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located about 58 miles east of Clayton in Greenville, South Carolina, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located approximately 61 miles northeast of Clayton in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located roughly 67 miles east of Clayton in Greer, South Carolina, and finally the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located around 72 miles northwest of Clayton in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Clayton Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC41.5 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC41.5 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC47.4 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN63.5 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN63.5 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN69.0 mi.
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA86.0 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA60.2 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA91.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Rabun Country Golf ClubClaytonGA 
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC16.6 mi.
College Park Municipal Golf CourseCollege ParkGA18.0 mi.
Apple Mountain ResortClarkesvilleGA19.7 mi.
Blue Ridge Golf CenterWalhallaSC21.0 mi.
Falcons Lair Golf CourseWalhallaSC21.0 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC21.0 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC21.0 mi.
Pines Municipal Golf CourseToccoaGA21.7 mi.
Innsbruck Golf ClubHelenGA22.4 mi.
Chickasaw Point Country ClubWestminsterSC23.2 mi.
Foxwood Hills Country ClubWestminsterSC23.2 mi.
Piedmont Golf ClubDemorestGA23.4 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC23.5 mi.
Oconee Country ClubSenecaSC25.7 mi.
Chatuge Shores Golf CourseHayesvilleNC26.3 mi.
Mountain Harbour Golf & Yacht ClubHayesvilleNC26.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC10.4 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC47.4 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC81.2 mi.
State Parks
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA1.6 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA10.5 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC17.1 mi. 
Unicoi State ParkGA21.1 mi. 
Chatuge State ParkGA23.9 mi. 
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC29.7 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA30.6 mi. 
Tugaloo State ParkGA33.1 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC39.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC57.1 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC57.1 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC69.1 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN80.3 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA96.2 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN108.7 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN108.7 mi.

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