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Explore the Great Outdoors at These Top Clayton Parks

September’s just around the corner, summer is on its way out, and fall is on the horizon—which means milder weather made for getting outside!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, a scenic waterfront, or miles of trails to explore, Clayton has plenty to offer. Take a look at a few of our favorite parks around town, and start planning your next outing.

Clayton Community Park

A woman playing tennis.

If you’re looking for any type of athletic court or field, odds are, you’ll find it at the Clayton Community Park. Three ball fields, two sand volleyball courts, six tennis courts, eight bocce ball courts—you’ll find it all scattered throughout the 42 acres of the park.

In addition to all of its athletic opportunities, the Clayton Community Park is also home to unpaved wetlands, two playgrounds, picnic shelters, and a wildlife viewing area.

East Clayton Community Park

A man playing with a dog in a park.

The East Clayton Community Park is one of the newest parks in town, home to soccer fields, a pavilion, and a one-mile trail. Currently, the park has reached its funding goal for the brand new Harmony Playground, a state-of-the-art playground made for kids of all abilities.

You can even bring along any four-legged friends, because just off the Community Park, you’ll find the East Clayton Dog Park! Here, your pups can enjoy leash-free play, socialize with other dogs, and get in some daily exercise.

Clayton River Walk on the Neuse

Biking along the water at sunset.

Stretching 32 miles from Clayton to Falls Lake Dam, the Clayton River Walk meanders along the Neuse River and is part of the popular Moutains-to-Sea Trail! The Clayton portion of the Greenway Trail is 4 miles long and 10 feet wide and connects to the recently completed Sam’s Branch Greenway.

Along the trail, you’ll find public art installations, scenic waterfronts, and plenty of diverse local flora and fauna.

Lake Benson Park


If you’re looking for more aquatic recreation, take a quick trip outside of Clayton to Garner’s Lake Benson Park. In addition to miles of paved and unpaved trails, the park also offers boat rentals and fishing just off the dock—plus, anyone age 55 and older get half off on full-day rentals!

While swimming and wading aren’t permitted in the lake, there are still tons of ways to explore the water, whether its paddling along in a kayak or taking a lap around the banks.

Find Your Home in Clayton

With the perfect blend of charming small-town parks and expansive natural areas to explore, Clayton is quickly becoming a popular place to call home.

Are you looking for a dream low-maintenance community in Clayton? The Walk at East Village could be perfect for you!

Learn a little more about life in the neighborhood, and give us a call when you’re ready to get started!

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