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Our county sits just south of Jacksonville and west of St. Augustine, on the banks of the St. Johns River. A natural paradise, Clay County is known for its scenic trails, vast wildlife and countless waterways. Today, we’re home to over 219,000 residents and best known for our rich history, outdoor amenities and vibrant communities.

For law enforcement families looking to move here, our schools are ranked among the Top-10 school districts in Florida, and our communities are second to none when it comes to American values and southern hospitality.

Get to Know Clay County

Popular Locations

Our Cities and Towns

Green Cove Springs -The county seat and home to our headquarters, Green Cove Springs, centered around historic Spring Park, has a rich history and is Clay County’s largest city. Tour the historic shops and homes of downtown, go for an evening walk on the city pier or visit Camp Chowenwaw on scenic Black Creek just north of town.

Orange Park – If the hustle and bustle of living close to the big city is for you, then Orange Park is the place for you. Less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Jacksonville, Orange Park is home to a mall, numerous popular local restaurants and event venues, a movie theater, and more.

Keystone Heights – Located in rural southern Clay County, Keystone Heights was founded as a lakefront resort community for residents from the northeastern U.S. in the early 1900s. Keystone Heights boasts an airport, golf course, Gold Head State Park, and more than 30 freshwater lakes, perfect for waterskiing and tubing.

Penney Farms – Clay County’s smallest community, Penney Farms was founded by J.C. Penney (the department store magnate) as a model farming community. Today, it serves as a vibrant retirement village.

Tourism content provided by the Clay County Board of Commissioners Tourism Division. For more information, visit

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