Clay, West Virginia

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Main Street (WV-16) leads through downtown Clay, West Virginia, the county seat of Clay County.

The Town of Clay, WV (West Virginia), the county seat of , is located along the Elk River at the mouth of Buffalo Creek in central West Virginia.

Though central to a rural and forested region, the town of approximately 500 residents is fewer than 20 minutes from Interstate 79 and is some 30 air-miles from the state capital at Charleston, West Virginia.

Elk River Trail State Park runs through Clay near the trail's mid-point. The Buffalo Creek Recreational Trail also joins the state park at Clay.


Clay was incorporated in 1895 and named for orator . It has also formerly been known as "Henry," "Clay Courthouse," and "Marshall," after Chief Justice . When Clay County was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1858, the first county court convened at the present site of Clay on what was then the McOlgin farm.

Restaurants line Main Street in Two Run.

The town is located on the former mainline of the , which opened in 1905, connecting the valleys of the Monongahela and Potomac rivers of northeastern West Virginia with those of the Kanawha and Little Kanawha in the southwest. The first passenger train that operated between Clay and Charleston was run in 1895.

The town has developed into two sections, both of which are located in narrow bottoms along the river. The first was established and platted at and around the present courthouse. In later years, a section known as Two Run was platted upstream above the mouths of Lower Two Run and Upper Two Run, both smaller tributaries of the Elk.


Lodging near Clay, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation

The following parks and public recreation areas are located within 20 miles of Clay.


By motor vehicle, Clay is located approximately 12 miles south of I-79 at Wallback, West Virginia, 40 miles northeast of Charleston, West Virginia, and 40 miles southwest of Sutton, West Virginia.

Map of Clay, West Virginia

Regional Information

Clay is located in the in central West Virginia.