Clay County embodies the best Tennessee has to offer

Chile Cook-Off - Celina, TN

You’ll always find lots of smiling faces at the festivals in Clay County.

Why are so many savvy folks choosing Clay County, TN for their retirement years?

The county is considered the Gateway to Dale Hollow Lake, and has world-class fishing. It has access to superior parks and campgrounds, and the support of an excellent hospital facility.

Clay County is the true embodiment of all that Tennessee has to offer. The county is within an easy drive to many major metropolitan areas.

Retiring to Clay County offers rolling hills and valleys, breathtaking views, peace and tranquility. It’s about sharing in a rich heritage and sense of community passed down through the generations. It’s a place where neighbors get to know one another. The surrounding beauty, four-season climate, health care facilities, and low cost of living are just some of the qualities of Clay County. We’re a true jewel in the beautiful state of Tennessee.

The Great Outdoors

Retiring to Clay County means you live in a place where you stop to help a neighbor. It’s a place where you wave to a passerby. It’s a place where you pull to the side of the road for a funeral procession.  You can horseback ride, hike, picnic, fish, hunt, kayak, boat, or take a swim beneath the Swinging Bridge. The county has abundant wildlife to enjoy. You can always just enjoy the wonderful scenery as you drive down our country roads. We’re all about hills, valleys and bodies of water here.

Clay County TN fishing

Like to fish? Clay County is a haven for fishermen.

By retiring to Clay County you’ll discover Celina, the county seat, which sits on the banks of both the Cumberland and Obey Rivers and within minutes of the beautiful pristine shores of Dale Hollow Lake. Celina and the County have quaint shops and down-home restaurants to welcome everyone. With our superior campgrounds, gorgeous parks, miles of hiking trails, and outstanding recreation areas, your Retirement Adventure with low taxes and no income tax is right around the corner.

So much to do

Along with vibrant senior-center activities, by retiring to Clay County you’ll find numerous festivals held throughout the year to attend. Some of the more popular festivals are Fall Fest & Chili Cook-off, Homecoming Days, and classic car “cruise-ins.” Like yard sales? We have the famous Rollercoaster Yard Clay County Rollercoaster Yard SaleSale, and the Highway 52 Yard Sale. For a more metropolitan experience, Clay County is within one hour of Cookeville, within two to three hours of Bowling Green, Chattanooga, Lexington, Louisville, Knoxville, and Nashville. and amazingly within four hours of Atlanta. All cities host outstanding museums, entertainment, restaurants, amusement parks, and much more.  Additionally, the Smokey Mountains,Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge are within a three-hour drive from Clay County and the beaches of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida within a day’s drive from Clay County.

When retiring to Clay County, you’ll find quality health care is available. Cumberland River Hospital, an affiliate of Cookeville Regional Medical Center, provides quality healthcare to the residents of the Upper Cumberland area. Located in Celina, the hospital offers various services such as Acute Care, Emergency Medicine, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Lab Services, Senior Care Unit, Home Health, and much more. The most powerful tool the hospital has always had is the strong dedication and compassion of its physicians and staff.

If your interest in retiring to Clay County is piqued, more information is available on other webpages of this website. You can also get a Welcome Package by clicking HERE. We also encourage to you to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 931-243-3338 or stop by and see us at 424 Brown Street in Celina, TN 38551.

Clay County Senior Citizen Center link is HERE.
Cumberland River Hospital

Cumberland River Hospital in Celina is owned by the leading health-care provider in the region, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, which serves the Cumberland Plateau region and southern Kentucky.