The city of Clayton, with a population of 10,897 as of the 2010 census, is the smallest city in Contra Costa county. Located at the base of Mt. Diablo, Clayton’s proximity to so much open space lends itself to a feeling of getting away from the rest of the world.
27 miles of trails on over 515 acres of open space are a dream for bikers, hikers, and equestrians. Most trails are on-leash dog friendly, and Clayton does offer a dog park for off-leash fun. Clayton’s residents love its small-town feel, and it’s not unusual to see the whole town at one of Clayton’s traditional events, like its annual 4th of July parade. Downtown Clayton also hosts the annual Clayton Art & Wine Festival, as well as Concerts in the Grove, a weekly summer concert series, in one of Clayton’s public parks.