clayton has a very nice downtown historic area. on main street (US 441) there are a number of shops and restaurants. pictured is
the rock house on main street. the rock house began as a WPA project and was clayton's fire house. today it serves as a small public park.
located 15 miles north of clayton is rabun bald. the summit of rabun bald is 4,695 feet tall and is the second highest mountain in the state of georgia. from clayton drive north on US 441 to dillard then from dillard drive east on GA 106 to rabun bald. the drive on GA 106 offers spectacular views of georgia, north carolina, and south carolina.
beautiful lake burton is located about 10 miles west of clayton on GA 197. this beautiful 2,700 acre lake was created by a dam built in 1913. you can rent homes and cottages on the lake. for more information see the attached web site.
black rock mountain state park is located on US 441 between clayton and dillard. the summit of black rock mountain is 3446 ft. and is the third highest mountain in the state of georgia. black rock mountain state park has eleven miles of hiking trails, campsites and cabins, and a small lake. for those interested in nature black rock mountain state park is a very nice place to visit in the georgia mountains. for more information see the attached web site.
tullulah gorge state park is located on US 441 between clayton and toccoa. tullulah gorge is 1,000 feet deep and is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern united states. there are two hiking options at tullulah gorge state park, you can hike the rim trail which is relatively easy or the gorge floor trail which is strenuous. the trail to the chattooga river requires a permit. in popular culture the 1972 film "deliverance" was shot on the chattooga river in tullulah gorge.
the rabun county visitor center is a good first stop on a visit to clayton. at the visitors center you can get information about hotels, restaurants, and the attractions of the clayton area. the visitor center is located just north of downtown on US 441.
From Clayton it's a short drive up Hwy. 441 to Black Rock Mountain State Park which affords a great view plus hiking opportunities. Or, drive about 12 miles down 441 to Tallulah Falls and see Tallulah Gorge, visit the visitor's center (small fee to park), hike down to the river, or walk a fairly easy trail to various lookout points. Continue on 441 across the bridge/river/lake and turn left, following the signs to another view of the gorge at a tourist stop where you can get ice cream and souvenirs. Karl Wallenda walked a tightrope across the gorge in the 70's. If you are hungry on the way you can stop at Oinker's BBQ, which is not far from downtown Clayton on 441. Or head north on 441 to Dillard, Georgia and have a whopping big meal at the famous Dillard House, family owned for about a hundred years. Meals are served family style, all-you-can-eat (about $22 per person as of 8/06). Want to sleep rustic? Look up the Glen-Ella Springs Inn and restaturant, not far from Tallulah Falls on a dirt and gravel road. It's an 8-mile drive on a dirt road from one end, but there is a shorter route. Look them up on the net and check out their website. This is a B&B, but they serve dinner as well, just be sure to make a reservation. The inn dates from the late 1800's. A good time to visit is at Christmas as it is beautiful with the decorations in place, especially at night. Another rustic place is the Lake Rabon Hotel (also has a restaurant). If you are continuing south stop and visit Toccoa, Ga., and see Toccoa Falls on the campus of Toccoa Bible College, site of a tragic flood in 1977 when an earthen dam located above the college gave way. Not far from Toccoa off Hwy. 123 at the SC line is the historic Travelers Rest Inn -- a beautiful, massive old wooden structure dating from the 1800's. Open for tours during the day (costs about $6 to tour).