Clay County

Clay County is located in Northeast Florida bordering St. Johns, Duval, Baker, Bradford and Putnam Counties.

Clay County was established in 1858 from a portion of Duval County and named for Kentuckian Henry Clay, Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams. In the late 1800s the St. Johns River and Green Cove Springs were popular tourist spots.

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Population - 2000
140,814
Population - 2010
190,865
Population - 2015 Est
201,277
Land Area (sq mi)
604
Water Area (sq mi)
39
Total Area (sq mi)
644
Average Rainfall
53
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
55

Headquartered in Green Cove Springs, Clay County School District operates 42 public schools. The school district consists of 28 elementary schools, 6 junior high schools, and 8 high schools. Members of the current district believes in the motto to make every student “Future Ready”. This sentiment has helped expand the district’s business driven Career & Technical program and has sparked strong academics with an emphasis on ensuring students are reading on grade level.

Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the state. This trail extends 47 miles, and it's opened 365 days a year. It offers four miles of paved asphalt for bicycling and approximately 19 miles of paved asphalt. It's also pet friendly and has a playground. Be sure to check out this beautiful trail for a day full of fun and nature!

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Clay County plays host to such a large number of activities and boasts so many great locations for park going, sporting, and outdoor recreation that it's impossible to list them all here. These are a few great places to check out, but there is always more to see at this unique resource. If you're interested in spacious fairgrounds and state parks that abound in water activities, this is the place to be. 

The Clay County Public Library System has 5 branches in Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, Keystone Heights, Middleburg, Orange Park.

The Orange Park Mall is a large mall that offers shopping of all kinds plus food and fun activities for the whole family. Check out the escape room or catch a movie at the AMC theater for extra entertainment.

Seven Bridges School is a private school (Pre K through 12) located in Orange Park, Florida, for students recognized as having average to above average intelligence yet compromised in achieving average-to-above-average due to a learning style difference.

Roller skating is a great activity not only for kids, but for the adults too! Skate Station is dedicated to making sure you have as much fun as possible while you wheel around on four wheeled skates while also making sure you're being safe. This is a great place to throw birthday parties for younger kids, all you have to do is bring the kids and the cake and Skate Station can take care of the rest! There's also an awesome arcade with games like Ice Ball and Air hockey, a pirate themed mini golf that they call Swamp golf, a two-story soft playground for kids under the age of 10 to play in, and a big rock climbing wall for all ages.

Now with two different locations in Florida, Splitz is a fun bowling center that's perfect with a group of friends. Not only are there 26 bowling lanes, but there is also laser tag, a video arcade, and a sports bar and grill if you're feeling a bit hungry. They often have events here too, like Karaoke, trivia nights, and happy hour for the adults who like to bowl. Be sure to check in with them first if you're planning on bowling with a big group!

St. Johns Country Day School is a PreK - Grade 12 private school near Jacksonville, FL. St. Johns admits qualified applicants without regard to sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin and grants to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available 
to students of the school.