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County Formed December 21, 1819
County Seat Clayton
Incorporated Cities Clayton, Dillard, Mountain City, Sky Valley and Tiger
Total Area 376.855105 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 15090 to its current population estimate of 16243, the county has experienced a growth change of 1153.

Rabun County was created by the state legislature in 1819 from land ceded by the Cherokees and was named for Georgia governor William Rabun.

The county seat, naming it Claytonsville in honor of judge Augustin Smith Clayton. The location of the seat changed in 1823, at the citizens' request, and the town's name was shortened to Clayton.

Points of Interest

The York House, north of Mountain City, is the state's oldest continuously operating bed-and-breakfast inn. Founded in 1896, the inn has welcomed such guests as Joel Chandler Harris and Walt Disney.

The Tallulah Falls Train Depot on U.S. Highway 441 at Tallulah Falls was placed on the register in 1988. It was built in 1913-14 to replace an older building that had burned down that year. Passenger service ended at Tallulah Falls in 1946, but freight hauls continued until the line was abandoned in 1961. The depot is now used as a gift shop.

With access to the Appalachian Trail, as well as five lakes and two rivers, Rabun County features much to attract those interested in the wilderness and outdoor recreation. The county is also home to three state parks: Black Rock Mountain State Park, Tallulah Gorge State Park, and Moccasin Creek State Park.

Mountain City is known for Black Rock Mountain State Park.

Annual Events

Celebrate Clayton - Music and Arts Festival, 2 days beginnning last Saturday in April. Clayton Crawl - July. Dillards Bluegrass and BBQ Fest, 1 weekend in August.

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival - A celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. 1st Saturday in October.

Chamber of Commerce
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State of Georgia

Foxfire Museum

Horseback riding

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