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Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

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Address: US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC
Phone Number: 828 862 5962
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Nice hike, fun family setting

Grab some lunch and hike up to the lake for a picnic! This was a really enjoyable hike. It was pretty steep in some areas, though, so if you're not up for that, there is a road... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Grab some lunch and hike up to the lake for a picnic! This was a really enjoyable hike. It was pretty steep in some areas, though, so if you're not up for that, there is a road to the lake as well. We'll hike this again next time!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I had been here in off season, a couple of years ago with my son, there as hardly anyone there during that visit. Passing through the area today we stopped in to see what was happening and revisit Cliffside Rec Area, they were loaded with visitors. There is a loop trail around the lake which is very nice. I would... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The old-timey feel reminds me of the camp in ‘The Parent Trap’. I love the CCC look of the park, lots of well-constructed wood and stone and pavilions and a nice bath house. All tucked tastefully in the shade and around the lake. The hiking trails aren’t that well marked, but fun to explore. Several pieces of information indicate Ranger... More 

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Senoia, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Took the Cliffside Vista trail to the gazebo for a great view. Moderate hike with long uphill sections if you leave from the trailhead at the parking area. Trail is blazed, but markers are fairly far apart. The lake loop was neat because the trail takes you behind the dam.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

Fortunately, a reviewer noted you had to pay $4 to get in and park, so we had money. Map at park entrance did not even show the trail to Raven Falls. The trail head was near a parking lot so we did find it. because the trail was so poorly marked we met people who had turned around never seeing... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The trail around the lake is very easy and a nice walk. They periodically have programs at the building by the lake and we missed one on birds of prey by just a few hours. There are plenty of places for picnicking and there were several families enjoying the lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Just great old fashioned fun...swimming, picnicking and walking. Wonderful setting. Fun for kids of all ages.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This lake and park was recommended by the store clerk in the hiking store in town. We took a couple of fishing poles and had a great time walking the lake trail, fishing, hanging out on the beach, catching the water salamanders, and swimming. This is a good place to go if you are looking to take a break from... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Cliffside is excellent for all ages. A wonderful path around the lake with tremendous views. There is areas for grilling and eating with numerous picnic tables. One of my favorite locations near Highlands.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Our dog loves to walk the loop trail around the lake. He is highly offended if he doesn't get to visit Cliffside at least once a day while we are visiting Highlands. It is an easy, fun trail that allows you to enjoy nature while getting some exercise. Also, there is a small beach area where kids can swim in... More 

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Address: US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC
Phone Number: 828 862 5962
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Highlands

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