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Official Site for the City of Clayton, Georgia

The City of Clayton is a growing city that is committed to providing enhanced services which promote an active, safe, and healthy environment by respecting and promoting our communities needs and quality of life. The City of Clayton pledges to build on its heritage, in a fiscally responsible manner, to allow for continued growth that promotes health, safety, and increased commerce to allow for a respectful balance between residential living and commercial development.

Executive Orders

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued executive orders to address COVID-19. Use the buttons below to view the statements.

Job Openings

The City of Clayton is currently accepting applications for job openings

Smith St Road Closure News Release

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The CodeRED system is used to send emergency notifications, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts.  Residents and businesses located within Rabun County are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications and other important information and instructions when alerts are issued.  This is our way of notifying you in an emergency situation.

When you enroll in the CodeRED system, alerts are issued to you by your geographical location.  Alerts can be sent to your cell phone, land line, by text, and even email.  You get to choose!  With CodeRED, you get the option of also receiving the CodeRED Weather Warning.   These alerts are automatically generated when the National Weather Service issues a warning for your location.  This early warning could prove to be life saving.

The CodeRED alert system is free to Rabun county residents. To sign up for CodeRED, click here.  It will only take a few minutes to enjoy a service that just may save your life.  Please tell all of your friends and family about this invaluable service. If they don’t have computer access, have them contact our office and we will be happy to assist them.


City of Clayton, Georgia – county seat of the most Northeastern Georgia County, Rabun County.

For people travelling North from southern locations in Georgia and Florida and those travelling west from South Carolina you will be passing through miles and miles of flat coastal plains. As you approach the mid section of Georgia softly rolling hills called the “Piedmont” will give you a grand view of forests and farmland.

But suddenly as you enter Tallulah Falls at the Southern boundary of Rabun County you are in the ancient Appalachian Mountains. It is time to slow down and catch the view of mountains, waterfalls, hardwood and pine forests. In the spring there are splashes of bright colors; yellow forsythia, pink bradford pears and every shade of green. In the autumn the mountains are alive with Fall foliage.

As you climb the 12 miles and 500 feet to Clayton; the roads follow ancient river beds that cut a North-South valley that the Cherokee used to migrate through these mountains; you are on U.S. 441. If you are travelling East-West; rivers still flow creating a valley road now U.S. 76 that the Cherokee used to travel to get to the place called the “Dividings”. This area is now Clayton, the county seat of the most Northeastern Georgia County – Rabun County.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has realigned U.S. 441 to by-pass the Historic Downtown Clayton area, so travelers note – when you get to the light at the “Dividings” where highways 441 and 76 meet, make a turn West 2 blocks and visit the real Clayton.

Buy-A-Brick Project

You are invited to buy a commemorative brick engraved with a personal message which will create sidewalks around and in Wilson Alley! Make it a permanent legacy for our great City! We encourage you to honor loved ones, pets, acknowledge your business or inscribe positive words of encouragement.

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