Bring your camera!
Clay County is located in the midst of the Daniel Boone National Forest, one of the great hardwood forests in the world, a situation that affords the visitor a generous opportunity for scenic beauty. The photo at right was taken in high summer from a ridge off KY 80, looking southwest. But it could have been taken at any number of places in the county, including from Forest Service roads at Hector Mountain and Sutton Branch.
Some especially scenic roads to travel are KY 11 betwen US 421 and Oneida; KY 66 from Oneida along the Red Bird River south to the Bell County line; on KY 472 between Burning Springs and Laurel County; along County Rd. 1524 between Goose Rock and Brightshade, and roads that follow the meanderings of dozens of smaller creeks in the county including Otter Creek, Bullskin, Sextons Creek and several others.
We are not short on water scenery, either. At right is a photo of tree-shaded Goose Creek, taken from a low water bridge off KY 11 north of Manchester. Below it is a view of our beautiful Bert Combs Lake on Beech Creek Road, that in addition to providing vistas like this one, is home to some incredibly large bass (click for more on that!). Over on the right side, a spotted fawn is shown heading for the protection of the deep woods along Little Goose Road. And yes, in autum our maples are just as red as anyone's. These were captured off Newfound Road.