Clayton, GA is a small town located a little under two hours North of Atlanta in Rabun County and can be accessed via U.S 23 or U.S. 76. With it's awesome location in the state, North and South Carolina are just a short drive away making it the perfect location to start your vacation in your luxury motorhome rental from Clayton.
Clayton was founded by European-American settlers in 1821 and was originally named Claytonsville. Two years later, the name was changed when the city was incorporated. The two main roads that lead to Clayton were once Cherokee trails that were repurposed as the main highways in and out of the county.
One unique thing about the city is that it is mostly flat in the downtown area without the normal tiny mountain roads. Your Clayton travel trailer rental will be easy to maneuver in this area. Many of Georgia’s small mountain towns can be challenging to drive through. Please plan accordingly.
The Great Outdoors
Clayton, as well as all of Rabun County, is an excellent choice as a destination for those seeking the solitude of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as a small-town feel when you head into town. An abundant amount of outdoor activities are available, such as National Forests, State Parks, and even zip line tours.
Chattooga River Trail is an excellent spot if you're looking to do some day hiking. Although this trail is suitable for multi-day hikes, many locals use this trail for exercising, walking fluffy, or simply enjoying nature for the day. If you’re looking for a park to spend time in, on the right side of the road, heading East towards the Chattooga River, you’ll find Warwoman Dell. Warwoman Dell has hiking trails, as well as picnic shelters and grills.
Sliding Rock Cascade on Wildcat Creek is a great spot to check out if you're looking to cool off in the summer heat. Located Southeast of Clayton, Sliding Rock Cascade is a small natural waterfall that is used as a slide in the summertime. Locals recommend being very cautious, as the rocks are very slippery and there is no lifeguard.
Tallulah Gorge State Park is a very popular park that is located South of Clayton. Not only is Tallulah Gorge a beautiful place to hike and spend the day in the outdoors, but it also has a vibrant history. In 1970 Karl Wallenda crossed the gorge on a tightrope, 750 feet off the ground. The platforms in which held the poles for the rope are still visible, and the suit that he wore that day is on display in the visitor center.
All in all, there are many options in Rabun County that fulfill anyone’s outdoor desires, hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, are among the most popular in the area.
Tallulah River Campground is located on Tallulah River Road about thirty-minutes Southeast of Clayton and is an excellent choice if you're looking for the closest-to-nature experience. Although the roads can be a bit tight, there are three RV pull-through sites in the campground. The max stay at this campground is 14 days, and the fee is $15/night. Note, there are no electrical hookups, but there is a chlorinated well water system with six spigots around the campground.
Sugar Mill RV Resort, also located Southeast of Clayton in Clarksville, is a bit more of a luxury campground. This resort has 48 fully paved and padded campsites with full hookups, and rates vary depending on how many amps are needed (20/30 and 50 are offered). The campground does not offer cable service, but satellites pick up at most sites. There are both nightly and weekly rates, and there is an $8 per night charge for each additional guest. Sugar Mill RV Resort is an excellent place to park your camper rental from Clayton.
Windy Sky Cabin and RV Rentals is located South of Clayton and has the easiest route to get into town. This is an all-in-one campground, as they offer RV rentals on site that are already set up and ready to use. There are also pull-through campsites that have full hook-ups for your RV rental. Similar to the other campgrounds, there are opportunities for fishing, tubing, kayaking, and hiking in and around the campground. There is also an outdoor swimming pool for those hot summer days. Windy Sky is located just North of the Tallulah Gorge, where you’ll find several hiking trails with breathtaking views.
Black Rock Mountain State Park is another great place to camp in your RV if you’re looking for a close-to-nature experience. This park has many amenities and is a huge park. The entire park is 1,743 acres which includes a 17-acre lake, a children's playground, and a visitor center with Wi-Fi. There are 44 campsites available with electric hookup. The campground also provides a dump station, showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities.
Exploring the City
Clayton is home to several unique attractions that will entertain all ages.. Historic Downtown Clayton being the first, as it is home to many local restaurants, shops, and establishments. Although it is not a big-city type environment, several bars and restaurants have a very upbeat atmosphere.
Foxfire Museum, located just a few miles North in Mountain City, is different than most other museums. It is located on 106 acres and is mostly outdoors. On this property, you’ll find ten authentic (relocated) pioneer log cabins and other structures that were built with period materials and constructed using traditional methods. Tools, artifacts, housewares, toys, and folk art are also located around the property for your enjoyment.
Goats on the Roof is a unique attraction to visit. If you're wondering where its name came from, they literally have goats that live on the roof! A popular tourist attraction, the Clayton location has a store downstairs that has Amish food, gifts, ice cream, gem mining, and a playground for the kids! Goats on the Roof is located in Tiger, GA, which is just several miles south of Clayton.
If it's a taste of the warm Georgia sunshine you are seeking, book an RV in Clayton. Enjoy the Southern food, watch a sunset, and take in the landscape. Rent an RV in Clayton, GA and explore the Peach State!