The Town of Clayton is one of the fastest growing cities in the Research Triangle Park Region in North Carolina. Downtown is charming and flush with a variety of destination shops, dining, arts, and the center piece, The Clayton Center Performing Arts venue. Outside of downtown, three golfing communities and recreational opportunities like the new Clayton River Walk on the Neuse, which is part of the state-wide Mountain to the Sea Trail. We invite you to explore and discover for yourself what makes Clayton a wonderful place to visit.
Whether you are traveling to Clayton or the Cleveland 40/42 area as your final destination or just an overnight stop along the way, a variety of accommodations are available on I-40, Exit 312. National brand hotels located only 15 minutes from Raleigh, our state's capitol, or downtown accommodations convenient to area corporations are available. Enjoy your stay and visit us again soon.
The community which has grown into the Town of Clayton was built on a road cut by Governor Tryon’s troops around 1770 as they marched North from New Bern to Hillsborough. Nearly 100 years later the railroad came through and the community had it’s first name—Stallings’ Station, since the depot for the NC Railroad was in the home of Mrs. Sarah Stallings. Three years later name was changed to Clayton for a senator from Delaware. Incorporation followed in 1869.