Clemmons Educational State Forest

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Clemmons Educational State Forest


Hours & Seasons

  • Seasons - March-November
  • Hours - Tue-Fri 9 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun 11 am-Sunset/8 pm (whichever occurs first). Closed Mondays


  • 2411 Old US 70 W.

    Clayton,   NC   27520


The first of North Carolina's Educational State Forests, Clemmons opened in 1976 in Johnston County. Featuring self-guided trails and exhibits, as well as Ranger-conducted sessions, the forest offers a wealth of experiences for the senses and the mind.

Trails: Forest Geology Trail with "Talking Rocks," "Talking Tree" Trail and Forest Demonstration Trail
Picnic Facilities-Open picnic sites with tables and grills are available, as well as a spacious shelter complete with a massive stone fire place and plenty of seating. Reservations for the shelter are required.

Please note that while in the forest, dogs must be on a leash and under direct control of an owner at all times.

Bicycles and other vehicles are not permitted on the forest's trails.

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2411 Old US 70 W.
Clayton NC 27520


Latitude: 35° 40' 26.3994" / Longitude: -78° 29' 20.7594"

Special Directions:

From US Hwy 70 Business turn onto Shotwell Road by Bojangles. Turn left at the stoplight onto Old US Hwy 70. Forest entrance is .8 miles on right.

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