Clay County

Clay County is settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and has a population of 8,775 people. It is ideally located within two hours of Asheville, NC, Greenville, SC, Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN. Named in honor of Henry Clay, the famous statesman, and US Senator from Kentucky, Clay County offers visitors a hometown atmosphere and a number of activities to enjoy.

Hikers, boaters, and fishers will enjoy nearby Lake Chatuge, which is actually a reservoir that has a more than 130 miles of shoreline. Others may enjoy shopping around the community or browsing the local farmer’s markets in Brasstown or Hayesville. These are just a few activities Clay County has to offer.

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Clay Active Living

Natural Amenities

chatugeLake Chatuga

Explore this beautiful lake located on the Hiwassee River. Enjoy the area while either fishing, swimming, boating, or camping.

Highway 64 or Highway 69
Hayesville, NC 28904

jack rabbitJackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area

This campsite is located on Lake Chatuge and offers amenities such as a swimming beach, accessible showers and toilets, hiking trails, and launching ramps for boating and other water activities. Learn more.

Jack Rabbit Road off Highway 175
Hayesville, NC 28904

fires creekFires Creek Recreation Area

This area is perfect for camping, trout fishing, or even horseback riding. It also features a number of hiking trails. Fires Creek Rim Trail is 25 miles long and follows the ridge around the Wildlife Management Area. Other trails in Fires Creek include Chunky Gal and Bald Springs. Learn more.

FS Rd 1344
Hayesville, NC 28904


Park and Recreation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClay County Recreation Park

Located on Lake Chatuge, this park offers walking trails, picnic pavillions, ball fields and more.


Myers Chapel Road
Hayesville, NC 28904


Private Facilites

Stardance Performing Arts




Dance studio offering jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, and more.

1124 Hwy 69 S.
Hayesville, NC 28904

brasstown civic centerBrasstown Community Civic Center

This center is used for concerts, meetings, social events, and more. It offers a large gym with basketball goals and a walking trail and playground behind the building.

255 Settawig Rd.
Brasstown, NC 28902

Clay Healthy Eating

Farmers Markets

5346_153969858120197_440469342_nBrasstown Farmer’s Market

Help support local farms and enjoy some fresh foods and community togetherness every Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm every Wednesday, May through December.

10956 Old Hwy 64
Brasstown, NC 28902

Mountain Valley Farmer’s Market

CH Banner Jpg 2From arts and crafts to baked goods and produce, there is something for everyone Mountain Valley Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 8 am to 12pm, May through October.

On the Square
Hayesville, NC 28904

Evening HarvestEvening Harvest Market

Have some fun at this town event featuring local fresh produce and homemade products. This event is rain or shine, every Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm, May 22nd through September 25th.

On the Square
Hayesville, NC 28904


Healthy Corner Stores

IMG_0704Warne Kwik Stop

The first and only healthy corner store in Clay County, Warne Kwik Stop, was recently awarded merchandise and shelving that according to the owner Tony Lyvers, will allow him to carry a larger variety of fresh produce, and it will be in a location that will serve the public better. Congratulations to Warne Kwik Stop!.

4660 Old Highway 64 W
Warne, NC 28909


 Local Food Providers

corner butcher shopThe Corner Butcher Shop

This shop offers fresh local produce and meat. Selections include free range, organic chicken and grass-fed beef.


893 Highway 64 Business
Hayesville, NC 28904

Clay Tobacco-Free Living

Success Story

Smoke-Free at the Evening Harvest Market

The Hayesville Evening Market made local history by becoming the first outdoor market in WNC to host a smoke-free environment for vendors and clients alike. With the support of MountainWise, the Clay County Health Department and community members, the market opened it’s doors in 2013 with smoke-free air. Located in the beautiful Hayesville Square, the Evening Harvest Market is now a prime model for a walkable, breathable, local food experience.