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Our home is your home! 

Unlike large motel or hotel chains, we both own and live on site at the Clay City Inn.  We take great pride in our cute and charming Inn.  Country hospitality, clean rooms, soft beds and friendly service are our main goals.  You'll be our guests and we want you to feel right at home. We look forward to seeing you soon!

~ Lyndsey & Charlie Raymond, The New Owners


Nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass State, the Clay City Inn stands as a testament to warm hospitality, comfort, and a genuine sense of community. Our charming inn, offers visitors a delightful retreat and serves as a gateway to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region. From our cozy accommodations to our friendly staff, we promise an unforgettable experience for those seeking relaxation, adventure, or a taste of small-town charm.


The Clay City Inn boasts a range of comfortable accommodations designed to cater to various needs and preferences. Our newly renovated rooms are thoughtfully decorated and well-appointed with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. The attention to detail and the cozy ambience create a welcoming atmosphere that makes our  guests feel right at home.


Situated amidst the stunning landscapes of eastern Kentucky, we are an ideal base for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. The region is known for its breathtaking scenery, with rolling hills, lush forests, astonishing rock formations and meandering rivers. Visitors can explore the nearby Natural Bridge State Resort Park, a haven for hiking, climbing, fishing and picnicking. The awe-inspiring Red River Gorge, with its sandstone cliffs and captivating trails, is also within easy reach. Nature lovers will find themselves surrounded by a playground of natural wonders, with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.


We are further conveniently located near various historical sites, including the Clay City Historical Society Museum, where visitors can learn about the town’s fascinating past while a mere 7 minutes away is the historically registered Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve where it is believed the legendary Pioneer, Daniel Boone and his companion John Finley, first looked out over the area in 1769. And what a mesmerising sight to behold!


What truly sets the Clay City Inn apart is its genuine hospitality and warm community spirit. The owners, Charlie and Lyndsey Raymond go above and beyond to ensure guests feel welcomed and cared for throughout their stay. From offering insider tips on local attractions to sharing stories about the area’s history, as the innkeepers, they are most passionate about providing a memorable experience.  With Charlie’s extensive knowledge and passion in the field of Bigfoot research (having founded the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization in 1994) and Lyndsey’s stories from her previous law enforcement career in both her homeland of England and then Alberta, Canada, there is always a great story to share!


Taking ownership of the Clay City Inn in early 2021 after seeing the true potential of the small business which had stood for sale for several years, the Raymond’s immediately took to returning the original vibrant appeal that had been missed within the community for so long.  Our renovations are in progress with each room in turn scheduled to receive a complete refurbishment of fixtures, fittings and amenities.  But that is only the beginning and as they say, ‘the best is yet to come!' 

The Clay City Inn is the only budget friendly, high class motel in Clay City, KY, located "directly off the Mountain Parkway" and only 20 minutes from the world renowned Red River Gorge within the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

We offer our guests High Speed Internet, 50" Smart TVs, microwaves and mini fridges, super clean rooms and comfy beds and a secure rear yard with grille and fire pit.  Our parking lot can accommodate large trucks, UHAUL, trailers with ATV's, campers and small RVs. 


Online reservations are welcome, however for same day arrivals a call must be placed with the front desk at 606-663-6353.

Office Hours
Every Day  8:00am - 9:00pm

Morning Mist over Forest
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