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Clayton Convenience: The 3 Best Places for a Day Trip in North Carolina

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What’s the best part of living in a Central North Carolina community like Clayton? The convenience!

North Carolina is well-known for its widely varying geographic regions. In one state you have beautiful beaches and coastal communities, thriving cities and central hubs, and gorgeous mountain vistas with unique villages and towns.

This variety makes for some excellent vacation opportunities! In fact, here are three amazing options for a day trip—all a convenient distance away from Clayton and The Walk at East Village.

The Beach

To be specific, Carolina Beach. Just over two hours from the heart of Clayton, this oceanfront community is a great destination for beach lovers.

Not only is it less crowded than popular Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, it offers a vintage boardwalk with games, shops, and attractions to choose from.

Even if beaching isn’t your favorite thing, there’s still plenty to do in Carolina Beach! Visit the Carolina Beach State Park, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, or Michael’s Seafood Restaurant. While you’re there, you cannot go home without first trying Britt’s Donuts—trust us.

Lake Life

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Just under an hour from Clayton, the Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a 12,000-acre reservoir with seven different access points for swimming.

This is a great place to go camping, boating, fishing, or spending the day enjoying the gorgeous lakeside weather. Grab your floaties, your kayak, or your boat and get out on the water for an unforgettable day.

Water Sports + Lake Life = Heaven

Just 33 minutes away in the Town of Benson, Tucker Lake is a must-try! This 30-acre lake is fed by beautifully clear spring water, and has white sandy beaches.

Not only is this a great place for swimming, it has water slides, inflatable obstacle courses out in the water, a ropes course, and more! If you have grandchildren, this is one place they’ll want to visit again and again.

Clayton Has it All

Clayton is perfectly located to enjoy all the finer parts of the NC lifestyle. If you’ve been searching for the perfect active-adult community to call home here, we should set up a time to talk.

Our team would love to show you everything The Walk at East Village has to offer!

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