There are so many fun things to do in Clayton (and surrounding areas) that we had to make another post just to include everything! So if you're coming into town for the weekend, or have lived here your whole life but never been a tourist in your own town, now is the time to explore Rabun County and see what there's to offer in this quaint little town.
From city-slicker to the advanced equestrian, Dillard Stables has the trail ride for you! You can choose from riding with a group for thirty minutes to an hour and half through different scenery, or you can opt for the private-led tour... or the parent-led tour where your child rides and you pull the horse along. The well-maintained trails offer breath-taking scenic overlooks, lush forests, and majestic waterfalls along the Little Tennessee River. The experienced trail guides ensure a safe and enjoyable ride for the whole family... not matter their skill level. Definitely an adventure no matter your age!
Clayton offers two Farmers' Markets on Saturdays.
The Clayton Farmers' Market is located in front of the Northeast Georgia Food Bank and open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market has fresh vegetables and eggs, artisan breads, sweet honey, local herbs and plants, bright flowers, and handmade soaps, oils, salves and candles. Also, they host classes from the local farmers where you can learn how to make fried rice or build your own "Little Fairy Garden."
The Community Market of Rabun County is held at the pavilions behind the Civic Center and offer produce, baked goods, honey, beauty products, crafts and fine art, and a thrifting section- like a flea market and a farmer's market had a baby. They are open on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and sometimes, there's live music.
Check out both of these incredible markets for fresh produce, herbal remedies, unique finds and fun time for all ages!
Southeastern Expeditions will take you a wild adventure on "the Crown Jewel of the Southeast," the Chattooga River.Whether you are a first-time rafter or a ledge-dropping, expert paddler, the Chattooga provides miles of Class II to Class V whitewater rapids, surrounded by the beauty and excitement of the Sumter and Chattooga National Forests. To raft this roaring, whitewater river is definitely a thrilling change from your normal vacation activities with astonishing scenery and experienced, fun guides to show you the way and keep you safe.
Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep, and one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S. The Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center exhibits the rich history of this Victorian resort town as well as the rugged terrain and fragile environment of the area. You can watch an award-winning film about a journey through the gorge with footage of rock climbers and kayakers. Guests can hike the rim trails to several overlooks, or they can pick up a permit to hike the gorge floor. The suspension bridge dangles 80 feet above the rocky bottom, imparting awe-inspiring views of the river and waterfalls. There's a paved path on the old railroad bed (perfect for strollers and bikers), while pro mountain bikers can check their expertise on the demanding 10 mile trail. Back at the Interpretative Center, the gift shop offers snacks, jewelry, toys, books, walking sticks and more. A whole day of activities for everyone in your group!
Looking for a rainy day alternative? Here's an option that everyone will like: Daddo's Shenanigans! They have 3 golf simulators as well as an indoor shooting simulator where you can shoot at targets on a single screen or be set up in a different scenarios on 3 wrap-around screens. There are several pool tables, too! And a food truck outside to curb your appetite while enjoying all the activities. Several entertaining options for all ages... But for the adults, they have a full bar, a cigar lounge, and nine coin-operated machines. Fun for all on a rainy day, or anytime really... Check them out!
Since the new generations have never experienced a "Drive In," and older generations miss the nostalgia of their youth, the Tiger Drive-In has bridged the gap to provide a remarkable place to "make the memories you simply can't find anymore." Watch movies up on the big screen from your car like the "old days," but with the benefit of their high-quality digital projection and access to the audio through your car radio. No radio? They have outdoor speakers, too! There are grass terraces to park on and a concession stand for snacks. You can even bring your pets, and there's a playground for the kids. So take a trip back in time and make some new memories at the Drive-In!
With so many things to do in our little town and the pandemic winding down, it's time to get out and enjoy life again! Go check out these places and make your summer a memorable one!