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Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

Address: US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC
Phone Number: 828 862 5962
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Ranked #14 of 19 Attractions in Highlands
Type: Parks, Outdoors
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Senoia, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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89 reviews 89 reviews
41 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
9 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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