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The Top 5 Best Things in Clayton, NC

homes in the parkview neighborhood sold by jaclyn smith propertiesClayton may be a small town, but don’t let that “small-town” stereotype fool you. Clayton is rich in charm and there’s a ton to do here! More and more folks are realizing that every day, so several up-and-coming neighborhoods are popping up all around its vibrant downtown. Parkview and the brand new Ashcroft are just minutes from Main Street. Whether you’re interested in the arts or the outdoors (or both!) you’re sure to find something you’ll love to do here!

1. Downtown

From first glance, Downtown Clayton is home to a very charming town center. Meander down Main Street and check out local shops like Nancy Jo’s Gifts to build up an appetite. Speaking of, there are so many different restaurants to try! First Street Tavern is a great new place for a drink and gourmet flatbread pizza while Manning’s features a lovely rooftop deck with awesome views.

2. Deep River Brewing Co.

Clayton is home to its own microbrewery! Deep River Brewing Co. is a popular local hang out. All are welcome (including dogs and kids!) to come hang out, have a drink, or enjoy food from whichever of the delicious local food trucks is parked outside. They frequently host live music and a variety of events.  

3. The Summer Concert Series

outdoor concert with man playing acoustic guitar and a man playing a keyboardDowntown also hosts several popular community events. Over the summer the Town of Clayton puts on the Summer Concert Series. Every month, a different band sets up in the Town Square drawing more than 1,000 people to come out and enjoy the music, mingle with other residents, and enjoy local food.

Of course, this isn’t the only event Clayton residents get excited about. The Mondo Roots Festival held in June was a huge success, showcasing incredibly talented artists, and bringing the community together to celebrate diversity and the arts.

4. The Parks

For those craving adventure in the outdoors, Clayton boasts a number of parks, trails, and greenways. Legends Park, just across the street from Parkview, features an incredible baseball field, complete with beautiful dugouts recently built by a local boy scout. The park also hosts miles of mountain bike trails complete with rock gardens, boulders, jumps and bridges.

If you have furry companions, the East Clayton Dog Park is a popular spot for Spot and friends. Get to know other residents and let your dog run around with other local puppies! If you’re not looking for a dog park, then be sure to check out one of the many other parks in Clayton. For instance, check out the Clayton Community Center complete with an indoor gymnasium.

5. The Neuse River Trailgirl with pink boots walking on a log on a trail

This trail is part of North Carolina’s famous Mountains to Sea Trail, a continuous trail that stretches from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey’s Ridge along the coast. The Neuse River Trail is paved and easily accessible perfect for wandering along the Neuse River. Best part is, if you live in the new Ashcroft community, you’ll be right next door to this fantastic trail situated right on the river.

Ready to Find Your Home in Clayton?

If this sounds like your ideal town, don’t hesitate to give me a call. I’d love to talk about your options when it comes to buying a home! A home in Parkview or the brand new Ashcroft neighborhood might be the perfect place for you. Just minutes from downtown and all of the action Clayton has to offer, you’re not going to want to miss these brand new new construction homes.


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