About Clay County
Clay County is located in east central Alabama at the foothills of the Appalachians. Parts of Mt. Cheaha State Park and the Talladega National Forest and Wilderness area are located in the county. Also parts of the Odum and Pinhoti Scout trails are run through the county. Lake Wedowee, a beautiful 10,000 acre lake and one of the best fishing lakes in the state also touches Clay County on its eastern border. These attractions make Clay County a haven for lovers of the outdoors.
Clay County was named after Henry Clay, a firebrand U.S. Senator from Kentucky and a champion of states’ rights. The county was created by the Alabama Legislature in 1866. The county seat is Ashland.
Clay County has a population of 14,254 (83% white, and 17% nonwhite) living on 605 square miles of land. This rural county has two public elementary schools and two public high schools in its two incorporated cities of Ashland and Lineville.
Major agricultural products are broilers, cattle and forest products. Major crops include ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables, and Christmas trees. It is home to several industries including Wellborn Cabinets, Inc., Koch Foods, Tru-Wood Inc, Integrity Cabinets, John-Co Truss Co., Three-Dimension Woodcraft, Lace Wood, Inc., and Higgins Embroidery.
The County Extension office houses 4 full time staff including a County Extension Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and two Regional Extension Agents. It is also served by ten additional Regional Extension Agents.