Clay County is blessed with a vast quantity of preserved and breath taking US Forest Service property.  Fires Creek Recreational area and black bear refuge (pictured) offers primitive camping, horseback trails, picnic areas, and some of the best fly fishing in the area.  A 1.5 mile trail up the side of a beautiful waterfall and a 25 mile Rim Trail suits needs of the casual and avid outdoors enthusiasts.  Jack Jabbit campground on Chatuge Lake offers camping for those that seek more amenities, coupled with a boat ramp, swiming area, beach, and 15 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails.  Take a rigerous hike up Tusquitee Bald in the Natahala National Forest, the highest point in Clay County with an elevation of 5240 feet, and experience beautiful views of Clay County including Chatuge Lake.  Stay overnight and camp at Bob Allison Campground at the trail head to Tusquitee Bald.  Beautiful Clay County has all of your outdoor needs.