Clay County, in the foothills of the Appalachia Mountains, is one of the state’s most rural counties. The Talladega National Forest, Lake Wedowee, Flat Rock State Park offer numerous recreational activities. The hilly terrain was home to Alabama’s first graphite mine; gold was also discovered here. Clay County was also home to Hugo Black, who served 34 years on the U.S. Supreme Court. The county courthouse in Ashland is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The unique water tower in Lineville is an Alabama historic landmark. Learn about the area’s history at museums in Ashland and Lineville.