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Clay County, located in Northeast Florida, is a short 30-minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport.    Conveniently located southwest of the City of Jacksonville and west of St. Augustine, Clay County is rich in tradition and history.  The county is well known for its quality of life and family friendly atmosphere and contains highly-rated schools, five public libraries; numerous community and regional parks; six golf courses and the Thrasher-Horne Performing Arts Center offering a wide array of live theatre, musical entertainment and a speakers series.

The Town of Orange Park, located in the northern section of the county, is the county's largest community.   Most of the hotels in Clay County and numerous restaurants are located in Orange Park and can easily be reached from Exit 10 off Interstate 295.    The bustling Jacksonville Naval Air Station is a short drive north of Orange Park on U.S. 17.   Shopping at the Orange Park Mall is friendly and lively and the Orange Park Kennel Club provides year round greyhound racing and poker rooms.    Several of Orange Park's original Civil War era homes are on the National Register of Historic Places in Florida including the William Clarke Estate and the Winterbourne Inn. 

If you would like to experience "Old Florida" don't miss visiting the City of Green Cove Springs.  The natural mineral spring in Spring Park has attracted visitors to Green Cove Springs since the late 1800's.   Green Cove Springs is also the county seat and home to the Clay County Historical & Railroad Museum, the historic Clay County Courthouse and "haunted" 1894 Jail, the Military Museum of North Florida and the Clay County Fairgrounds which hosts year round special events and festivals.

Clay County contains almost forty-six square miles of lakes and rivers making watersports and fresh-water fishing a great experience.   Looking for some local flora and fauna?   Camp Chowenwaw Park on the banks of Black Creek, offers primitive, tent and treehouse camping as well as a great place to observe a bald eagle nest or to launch a kayak or canoe.      Bird-watching is a must as you stroll along the boardwalk at Moccasin Slough Park or bring your bicycle and ride through the pines on one of the county's numerous walking/cycling trails.

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Soul Food Festival

October 04, 2014
Family fun, arts and crafts, softball & horseshoe competition, parade and musical entertainment. Food vendors will be cooking some of the finest Southern favorites including sweet potato pies, greens, deep smoked ribs and potato salad. Free admission.

Regional Chili Cook Off

November 08, 2014
The Chili Cook Off is a sanctioned event of the International Chili Society (ICS) and includes ICS members competing in a regional competition to be the winner of the red chili, green chili and salsa divisions and a People's Choice competition for teams of firefighters, associations and local chefs. The Cook Off also features a large craft fair, musical entertainment, kid's activities, large car and motorcycle show


Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival

February 28, 2015 - March 01, 2015
Scottish athletics, clans area, scottish genealogy, parade of tartans, sheepherding exhibition, highland dancing, bagpipes and drums, scottish musical evening, scottish food and wares.


Railroad & History Festival

March 07, 2015
Stroll among the Southern Belles and antique cars, examine the artifacts on display at Clay County Archives and the Clay County History & Railroad Museum, tour the 1890 Courthouse and the "haunted" 1894 Jailhouse.

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