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Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC
+1 828-862-5962
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Peaceful shallow pond

This was a beautiful lace for a picnic and stroll around a shallow pond. Great for families with... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Raleigh, North Carolina
via mobile
great hikes!

Cliffside Lake Rec Area has several short hikes - pick a few based on your level of difficulty... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
Jennifer T
Atlanta, United States
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“hiking trails” (2 reviews)
“fishing” (8 reviews)
US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC
+1 828-862-5962
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This was a beautiful lace for a picnic and stroll around a shallow pond. Great for families with small children, but not for teenagers. We didn't catch any fish and it was too shallow to swim.

Thank ltkruger
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Cliffside Lake Rec Area has several short hikes - pick a few based on your level of difficulty. Don't skip the walk around the lake, which is easy and beautiful (though the roots may make it difficult for strollers). And feel free to use the...More

Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Grab your fishing pole and find rainbow trout on your hook here! Also small sandy swimming area and many shady picnic tables through out the grounds. Small fee to enter, but not very crowded most of the time, great place to get away from the...More

Thank Dennis J
Reviewed 13 June 2017

The recreation area features a beautiful, tree lined lake with a sand beach and a swimming platform. Along the ridge above the lake are some very nice picnic shelters. A lovely walking trail encircles the lake shore. You pay a small fee at the entrance...More

Thank edward d
Reviewed 15 November 2016 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.

Thank Thomas D
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...More

3  Thank AshleyJackson524
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.

Thank S_Scrib555
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! :)

Thank GASooners
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...More

Thank BobbyBaum
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.

Thank rd0ran
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