Parks and Recreation in Clayton

Parks and Recreation in Clayton NC

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round programs for all age groups. Youth and adult athletic leagues, special events (including the annual Fourth of July celebration) and a wide variety of self-improvement classes are offered.

The Clayton Community Center, located at 715 Amelia Church Road, is a new 32,000-square-foot facility that offers a full-size gymnasium with basketball and volleyball programs for all age groups. Above the gym floor is a cushioned track that is available for walking or jogging any time the facility is open. Also in the center are dedicated rooms for pottery, arts and a multi-purpose floor for exercise, dance and martial arts classes. A variety of classes and camps are held in the facility throughout the year. Registration for youth and adult athletic programs are also held at the center.

Parks and Recreation also maintains several public parks. Clayton Community Park on Amelia Church Road is a 42-acre park that has multiple recreation opportunities. Included are a field house, picnic area and playground, championship tennis courts, three softball and youth soccer fields and a paved trail for hiking, jogging and biking.

Municipal Park on Stallings Street features a volleyball court and horseshoe pits, as well as a playground, a basketball court, a tennis court, a ball field and a picnic and shelter area. Legend Field, located on City Road, provides a baseball and softball field and a premier mountain bike trail that is popular with riders in Clayton and throughout the Triangle area. Front Street Park has a playground area and a basketball court.

East Clayton Community Park is a 66-acre park on Glen Laurel Road. The park has regulation baseball and soccer fields along with a large multi-purpose field, one-mile walking trail, picnic shelter, and dog park.

There will be a disc golf course and a universal playground on this site in the near future.

Sam’s Branch Greenway is a 1.5-mile paved trail accessible by a trailhead located on O’Neil Street. The Greenway Trail links Clayton to the Mountains-To-Sea Trail being constructed along the Neuse River. The Mountains-To-Sea Trail is a statewide project that, when completed, will be a 1,000-mile trail from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokey mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

For more information on Parks and Recreation programs and facilities, call (919) 553-1550 or visit

The Johnston County YMCA is a program branch that provides childcare programs such as after-school, summer day camp and sports in Johnston County, including the Clayton, Cleveland, Smithfield and McGee’s Crossroads area. If you are interested in fitness or aquatics, please check out our YMCA facility branches in the Wake County area. The Johnston County YMCA is currently running programs in area schools, churches and municipal fields. Call (919) 773-3621 for more information.

Clayton boasts several fine golf courses, including Pine Hollow Golf Course, The Neuse Golf Club and Riverwood Golf and Athletic Club. Two other championship golf courses – River Ridge and Eagle Ridge – are just minutes away.

Clayton also is in close proximity to the ballpark for the Mudcats (Atlanta Braves affiliate) minor league baseball team; Jordan Lake, Falls Lake, Harris Lake and Kerr Lake recreation areas for fishing, boating and water sports; the North Carolina coast and other attractions around the Triangle area. For information concerning North Carolina tourism, please visit