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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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hard to find where to go

Maybe Im just getting old but it was hard for us to figure out the different areas of this recreation area. There is a great little lake that you can walk around once you find it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2015
Mary S
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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Maybe Im just getting old but it was hard for us to figure out the different areas of this recreation area. There is a great little lake that you can walk around once you find it.

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Thank Mary S
Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Great short hike, 3/4 mile around the lake. It's a $4 one day charge on the honor system, but lots of fun.

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Thank Holly H
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Found this place after driving around. Very peaceful and beautiful scenery, what a great spot for lunch.

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Thank 647warrenp
Central Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Great quite little find in the woods. We were the only ones there for over 1 hour and the boys had a blast in the water. The walk around the lake in the woods was a wonderful addition to the trip.

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Thank jwaltb3
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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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Thank einalem76
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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Thank eatprayloveall
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 via mobile

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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Thank Jennifer K
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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Thank Peggy Y
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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