A great place to live, work and play

CELINA-Our town of about 1,500 may be best known for being the gateway to Dale Hollow Lake, but there’s a lot more than that going on in this heritage-rich community.

The gateway to Dale Hollow Lake

The historic Clay County Courthouse is the second-oldest working courthouse in Tennessee.

This town, like many others, has seen its share of change through the decades.  At different times, it’s been a bustling river town, and the home of a highly-respected boarding school. It’s also been the center of a heavy concentration of industry. It’s still the gateway to the pristine lake located nearby.

Now, we like to call it a great place to live, work and play.

It’s not clear who coined the phrase “The Great Outdoors,” but we have that in abundance in Celina and Clay County. Celina is the southern gateway to Dale Hollow Lake, and the abundance of outdoor activities that happen around that body of water. You need to come see the other things we have to do in the Great Outdoors.

In fact, Dale Hollow only scratches the surface when it comes to outdoor activities in the Celina area. Outdoor activities in the area include:

• wildlife viewing and hunting,

• Native American artifact searching,

• camping,

• all kinds of water-related activities (in addition to the lake),

• hiking, and

• one rustic sport found only in this immediate area. Hunting is also a popular pastime in our area. 

Dale Hollow Lake AnniversaryGateway to Dale Hollow

Don’t forget our jewel of a lake. Dale Hollow has unsurpassed beauty, world-class fishing, house-boating, water sports of all kinds, and many other things to do. Dale Hollow is the home of the world-record smallmouth bass, and the lake is always ranked among the top house-boating destinations in the U.S.

Visit us for a day, a weekend or a longer stay. You’ll find out why Clay County is a great place to live, work and play.


Clay County Museum has new website

The Clay County Historical Museum has unveiled a website which you can access by clicking HERE.  You’ll find the site to be very informative, and it will undoubtedly grow by leaps and bounds in the coming weeks and months. Congrats to the museum for this accomplishment.


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