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sweet spot

Really enjoyed the walk around the lake. Nice spot to picnic and take a family. Trail around lake... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2019
Asheville, North Carolina
Camping- awesome; hiking- not so good

If you’re willing to haul your rig thru the curves of hwy 64 and want to do some boondocking, this... read more

Reviewed July 7, 2019
Piedmont, South Carolina
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US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC
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Reviewed August 4, 2019

Really enjoyed the walk around the lake. Nice spot to picnic and take a family. Trail around lake was nice.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank gypsyiam
Reviewed July 7, 2019 via mobile

If you’re willing to haul your rig thru the curves of hwy 64 and want to do some boondocking, this is the ideal campground. We pulled our 30’ 5th wheel from SC. Use the truck route from Dillard to Sky Valley to Highlands. It’s a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 2, 2019

My wife and I did this trail last year and were pleased. It was beautiful and quiet in the forest, and do-able even for people in their late 60's like us. However, we did it again today and it was a BAD experience. Lots of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019

This is a nice park with picnic tables and many fishing areas. You can hike or stroll or just sit and watch the water.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Marjorie M
Reviewed September 18, 2018

This is a calm, mirror-like lake with a nice trail around the perimeter. Less than 1 mile around and mostly level. Would be good for a family hike.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Linda D
Reviewed September 16, 2018

On our annual trip to Highlands, we brought along our 5 year old and one year old with us. We didn't go last year because I had just had a baby, so this was my daughter's first trip to Highlands. She was too young to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AshleyJackson524
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Easily accessed picnic areas with rentable pavilions, a decent lake swimming area and a fishing pier plus fishing areas on the lake shore. It can be “buggy” so bring you bug repelletn.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carl K
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

It is amazing that just 4 miles north of Highlands, NC is this beautiful, peaceful lake that would have you believing you are in Alaska. You can hike a trail around the lake and you can drive half way around it. There is a nice...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sandylikethebeach21
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

This was a beautiful lace for a picnic and stroll around a shallow pond. Great for families with small children, but not for teenagers. We didn't catch any fish and it was too shallow to swim.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank ltkruger
Reviewed August 3, 2017

Cliffside Lake Rec Area has several short hikes - pick a few based on your level of difficulty. Don't skip the walk around the lake, which is easy and beautiful (though the roots may make it difficult for strollers). And feel free to use the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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This is a state park.
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