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Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

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Address: US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC
Phone Number: +1 828-862-5962
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A myriad of hiking trails

This recreation area has many miles of trails, ranging from easy to more difficult. A beautiful lake, with trout fishing as well as picnic areas are available.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Thomas D
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Birmingham
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Birmingham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This recreation area has many miles of trails, ranging from easy to more difficult. A beautiful lake, with trout fishing as well as picnic areas are available.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed for five days at the Van Hook Campground attached to Cliffside. We stayed at sight 7 right across from the host in a tent only site. It was a WONDERFUL experience! We have a 3 year old son who loved camping there. I have NEVER seen restroom facilities in a Campground more cared for and maintained. The only... More 

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Trails are overgrown. Lots of roots showing in the trails and easy to trip. The lake is very low due to repairs being done to the dam. Not much fun.

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Gainesville
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Very pretty lake and lots of hiking trails....or you can just walk on the shady, quiet road....has a real bathroom, which is a plus! :)

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Lakeland, FL
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

A very nice beach and swimming area just of the Callasaja River Gorge (Highland) road. There are picnic tables and a nice "clubhouse," changing facilities with bathrooms. There is a float out in the water. All for four bucks a carload. No lifeguards were on duty. This is a damned lake, shallow and much warmer than one would think for... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

My adult son and I decided to picnic here on our way to falls. We paid $4 to park and had a wonderful, quiet lunch. The picnic area has several tables - some under trees and some under shelters. It was a nice, little stop.

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Thank rd0ran
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

We spent 6 days camping at the adjacent Vanhook Glade campground and thoroughly enjoyed the recreation area. We fished almost daily, our young kids (5 and 7 yrs), easily completed the beautiful trail that loops around the lake. We loved the campground, one of the best we've ever stayed at! We fell in love with Highlands, NC! Note: try to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

We had no idea what to expect, but pulled in with our 2 teens and dog and payed the $4 day fee. We really enjoyed it! They had clean changing rooms and we all changed and hopped in the lake. Small but clean swimming area. We walked around the lake and our dog was able to wade it. People were... More 

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Albany, Georgia
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64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

We stopped by as an afterthought and found this to be a beautiful and peaceful place. A few local families there fishing. Nice place for a picnic and a peaceful walk. It is not a large lake.

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Thank branchbubba
Franklin, North Carolina
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Easy walk around the lake. Gorgeous reflections in the lake. Fall leaves create a beautiful image. Ranger Falls trail was poorly marked until recently until an organization has cleaned it up and marked it. Worth the three mile loop hike.

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Thank Mary G

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