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Visit Clay County, Tennessee

Gateway to Dale Hollow Lake

Start your Dale Hollow Experience With Us


logo for Dale Hollow Lake , Clay County TN Lake Where Year-round adventure awaitsIn Clay County you’ll find delicious food, fun events and comfortable lodging. Best of all, you’ll meet people who are glad you came to visit. Clay County, Tennessee, is a destination for travelers who love nature, water and small-town. Celina, the county seat, is the southern gateway to Dale Hollow Lake, which offers houseboating, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, scuba diving, canoeing, water sports, lakeside cabins and more. In addition to Dale Hollow Lake, two rivers – the Cumberland and the Obey – run through the county.

American Bald Eagles nest along our waters, and each year eagle watchers come hoping for a glimpses of the majestic birds.

The National Fish Hatchery is a favorite stop for visitors.

Rolley Hole a marble game that originated in the area and is now celebrated with international tournaments.

Our county has a history worth exploring in places like the Free Hill Community or the Clay County History Museum. In fact, the Historic Clay County Courthouse, which has been transformed into a center for the arts, theatre, music and history, is planning a museum dedicated to rolley hole history.

In Clay County you’ll find delicious food, fun events and comfortable lodging. Best of all, you’ll meet people who are glad you came to visit.

We hope you’ll like Clay County so much that you’ll decide to move here. Here’s a little more information about what Clay County has to offer.


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Enjoy Dale Hollow Lake

Marinas, campgrounds, cabin, slip and watercraft rentals, restaurants, annual events and local attractions make Clay County the ideal vacation destination. In fact, with Dale Hollow Lake’s unsurpassed water purity and clarity and 620 miles of shoreline the area attracts around three million visitors annually. 

holding bass

World-Class Fishing

Then there’s the smallmouth bass fishing. Not only does the lake hold the world record, it holds the top three spots, 6 of the top 10 and 10 of the top 25 ever caught. When we say DHL is the smallmouth capital of the world, it’s not bragging — it’s just stating fact.
Live music

Join us for Music!

Clay County has a rich musical heritage, and we like to celebrate it with concerts, festivals and special events that include performances. We invite you to visit our events page for all the details about upcoming events, including those where you can join us in celebrating through music.

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Clay County’s Businesses and Attractions are Ready to Welcome You


While the biggest attraction in Clay County is Dale Hollow Lake with its houseboating, marinas, camping, fishing and watersports, we assure you that there is so much more!

Clay County has historic sites, antique shops, restaurants, shopping and special events. We encourage you to make Clay County a destination. Plan your wedding at one of our beautiful wedding venues. Make lodging an experience by renting a Victorian mansion, a log cabin or a lakeside lodge.

Spend the day antiquing. Experience history at the Historic Courthouse Museum or the Free Hill Community. Attend a barn sale. Eat local specialities like biscuits and chocolate gravy, sliced smoked barbecue or fried catfish. Come for one of the several events scatted throughout the year from heritage festivals, to county fairs, to fishing tournaments, to holiday celebrations.

Below you can browse just a few of the attractions that make Clay County special.


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