Clay County

Clay County was created on June 16, 1870, and was named in honor of the Kentucky statesman Henry Clay.

Scenic Sites

Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery

The fish hatchery has a half-mile long, paved walking trail adjacent to the creek and provides visitors with an opportunity to exercise and bird watch. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, this National Fish Hatchery was established to mitigate for fishery resources which were lost due to the construction of federal water development projects in the Southeast. This is accomplished by stocking rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout in waters impacted by federal dams. Warm water species of fish, displaced by dam construction, are on display in the aquarium/visitor center.

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Red Oak Ridge Horseback & Hiking Trail

Located 8 miles north of Celina, Tenn., off highway 53, Red Oak Ridge hosts 18 miles of beautiful and scenic trails developed for horseback riding. Beginning on wooded ridge top, riders can descend to follow the forested Dale Hollow shoreline. Seven loops provide for cutbacks to shorten or lengthen the trail. Eagles Bluff Overlook provides for one of the most spectacular vistas of Dale Hollow Lake. Hikers are welcome. A corral, storm shelter, and stalls are available. Primitive camping permits are required for overnight stays. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited and coggins papers required. Follow the signs toward Holly Creek Marina and Red Oak Ridge.