Interstates and Highways

A map showing Clayton's location in relation to Raleigh and a number of highwaysClayton's main connections to the region (and the rest of North America) are U.S. Highway 70 Business, the U.S. Highway 70 Bypass (future Interstate 42) and NC 42. These roads quickly lead to several other major interstates, including I-40 and I-95.

The planned completion of NC 540 (an interstate quality toll road) will further enhance Clayton's connectivity to the region - offering direct freeway access to RDU International and the major corporate campuses found in the world-renowned Research Triangle Park.


The region's main commercial airport is Raleigh-Durham International (RDU). RDU, which is one of the largest non-hub airports in the U.S., is approximately 40 minutes from downtown Clayton by car.

RDU International Highlights

  • 9 major airlines
  • More than 400 daily arrivals and departures
  • More than 65 non-stop destinations
  • 7 international destinations
  • 2 Fixed base operators (FBOs) and major cargo capabilities

Johnston Regional Airport

Executive and corporate travelers may prefer the simpler, yet high-quality experience of flying out of Johnston Regional Airport (JNX). JNX features a 5500-foot by 100-foot runway and newly constructed terminal building. It is home to several corporate aircrafts, Duke Life Flight, several aviation-related businesses and recreational aviators.


A Norfolk Southern (Class 1 freight operator) rail line runs through Clayton, connecting the town to the Port of Morehead City to the east. Traveling west will lead to connections with another class one freight operator - CSX rail lines.