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Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC
828 862 5962
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Ranked #12 of 19 Attractions in Highlands
Type: Parks
Most recent review
- Sep 6, 2014
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Jacksonville, FL
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85 reviews 85 reviews
39 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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Gettysburg
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76 reviews 76 reviews
10 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Georgia
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17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I showed up in a bathing suit expecting to find a nice place to swim as was led to be believed looking on-line. What I found was a body of water too large to be called a pond, but just big enough to be called a lake. I would not swim here. It does have a nice walking trail around... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

If you are going just to hike to Ranger Falls this is not worth $4. There are plenty of other beautiful places in the area that are free. The sign to the falls says it is 0.5 miles. They apparently left the 1 off because it is certainly longer. We hiked for a long time (all up hill) and came... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

enjoyed the easy access banks and piers to fish from. Nice and safe for children to play in the sand and the swimming area.

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We went to Cliffside for a community fishing event for children. It is a great place for the entire family. Although the fish were not cooperative, the swimming hole is inviting, the bathhouse was clean and the picnic areas were convenient, including parking. This is a great place to spend an afternoon.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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229 reviews 229 reviews
8 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Every year we make a trip to this lake to do a little fishing because it is occasionally stocked with trout. It is never real crowded in the spring and a quiet peaceful place to relax. There is also a swimming area, which is probably fun when the water is warmer. The lake is on the top of a mountain... More

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