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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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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! :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Gainesville
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Gainesville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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! :)

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Lakeland, FL
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152 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 duty. This is a damned lake, shallow and much warmer than one would think for... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 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.

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Thank rd0ran
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We spent 6 days camping at the adjacent Vanhook Glade campground and thoroughly enjoyed the recreation area. We fished almost daily, our young kids (5 and 7 yrs), easily completed the beautiful trail that loops around the lake. We loved the campground, one of the best we've ever stayed at! We fell in love with Highlands, NC! Note: try to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We had no idea what to expect, but pulled in with our 2 teens and dog and payed the $4 day fee. We really enjoyed it! They had clean changing rooms and we all changed and hopped in the lake. Small but clean swimming area. We walked around the lake and our dog was able to wade it. People were... More 

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Albany, Georgia
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

We stopped by as an afterthought and found this to be a beautiful and peaceful place. A few local families there fishing. Nice place for a picnic and a peaceful walk. It is not a large lake.

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Thank branchbubba
Franklin, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Easy walk around the lake. Gorgeous reflections in the lake. Fall leaves create a beautiful image. Ranger Falls trail was poorly marked until recently until an organization has cleaned it up and marked it. Worth the three mile loop hike.

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Thank Mary G
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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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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191 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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