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The Mission of the Clay County Division of Parks and Recreation is to provide residents and visitors with an enjoyable recreational experience.  Our primary goal is to provide safe, easily accessible and well-maintained facilities that meet the community’s needs.

We invite you to explore the many ways that Parks and Recreation is making our communities happier and healthier.  Parks are a place where people come together…and communities grow stronger.


Clay County offers a wide variety of facilities and recreational activities.  We maintain (10) Community Parks providing sports programs including: soccer, baseball, softball, football, lacrosse and cheerleading serving over 10,000 youth throughout the County;  there are (19) neighborhood parks offering facilities such as: tennis/pickle ball courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, ball fields and playgrounds - most located within 3 miles of any residents, (11) public boat ramps, and over (35) miles of hiking, walking and biking trails. 

Camp Chowenwaw County Park is the ‘Jewel of Clay County’.  It’s a 150 acre park located on Black Creek, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including: kayaking, canoeing, tent camping, cabin rentals, meeting facilities and can host weddings and other large events at Big Cabin.  Chowenwaw County Park also offers outdoor/environmental education programs for youth and adults.

The Clay County Fair Grounds and Agricultural Center, which host the Clay County Fair, is also home to nearly 20 equestrian events, Dungeons Haunted Attraction, Scottish Games, J.P. Hall Children’s Charities Christmas Event, Weddings, Birthday parties, etc.  The Center boasts a variety of event options, with facilities that can accommodate small private events to large regional events.

Knights Marina on Black Creek is under new management and offers boaters and fisherman many new services including:  boat slip rental, bait and tackle, fuel, and boat rentals (power and paddle craft).  Stop in and meet Jon and discover more about the services and amenities provided.


  • Establish and enforce standards for safety, accessibility, and appearance at all parks
  • Effectively manage a robust four-year facility upgrade, maintenance and inspection program
  • Seek efficiencies in all maintenance, spending and conservation practices
  • Create new programs and events that meet community needs
  • Seek involvement and feedback from the residents to progressively improve our park facilities, programs and services
We invite you to visit and explore all of the great parks in Clay County.  So whether you are a sports participant, a camper, a boater or fisherman, or just enjoy a walk with friends, family or pet, we have a park that can meet your recreational/leisure interests.  Also, please send us your comments and suggestions, we would love to hear from you…our Parks and Recreation Department is here to serve you!  IT STARTS IN PARKS