Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

Cliffside Lake Recreation Area
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allezgently
St. Petersburg, FL168 contributions
We were looking for a hike with little elevation gain and followed the lake side trail. It was serene, and very pretty. The trail is well-marked and there are picnic tables along the way in little meadows. There is a car-charge for parking in a well-kept parking lot, and there are bathroom facilities.
Written September 12, 2022
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gdawg5474
Marietta, GA17 contributions
We have a Senior National Park Pass and read all the signs and back of the trail map so we thought we were allowed to use our pass here without paying. We hiked and returned to find warnings on the car hat we owed $2.50 (half price) for day use. We paid. We took the Rangers Fall trail (1.2 miles) and almost turned back before reaching falls because it was a hard uphill hike. Trail is very rough with lots of roots, rocks and very muddy spots. We made it to the falls and it was beautiful. This was supposed to be a loop so we hiked on. There are no blazes on the trail and few signs but many intersections so we wound up lost. We finally had to retrace our steps and about 3 hours later made it back to our car. We hike frequently but haven’t encountered such a poorly marked trail before. Make sure you’re well prepared if you hike here! It was a beautiful quiet hike though with only a few people using it.
Written August 26, 2022
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Sue H
Allen, TX50 contributions
I was visiting there with a friend, who had gone there as a child 60 years ago and wanted to revisit some old haunts before he died. We literally just drove around, but did get out of the car to look at the 'lake', where he swam all those years ago. As we were walking down the path, someone started sceaming at us from the parking lot. Upon returning to the lot, a very rude, very aggressive park employee/host(?), with a dirty gray ponytail and hailed from Boston via of Clearwater, FL, demanded that we pay the entry fee, which we failed to see on the way in. He was extremely rude...extremely, not listening to our explanation. He said because we got out of the car, we had to pay because we might have taken pictures!! ...WE 'MIGHT HAVE TAKEN PICTURES!"..... Can you even imagine that? My friend continued to explain that we literally were just looking at the lake, but the employee was insistent and aggressive about the $5 fee. As the converstation got heated, I tried to pay the fee with a $20 and the 'gentleman' refused it. I also told him I had a Senior Citizen membership to all the national parks, to which he said, 'then it will be $2.50', but still refused to take my payment. What should have been a very pleasant walk down memory lane became an very ugly blemish instead. Upon reading other reviews, it seems that this man has accosted others in a similar manner. The management needs to get rid of him. He presents a bad representation.
Written May 5, 2022
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gypsyiam
Asheville, NC607 contributions
Solo
Really enjoyed the walk around the lake. Nice spot to picnic and take a family. Trail around lake was nice.
Written August 4, 2019
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95CUTigerAlum
Piedmont, SC81 contributions
Couples
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 work out for your brakes, transmission, and your nerves, but well worth it! The curve in the campground is no problem. Fill your water tank before you back into your spot. The road noise is loud. Local hiking is decent. River is awesome. Bathhouse is clean.

The hiking at Cliffside is not too good. Very over grown trails, not maintained at all. Lots of bush whacking. No “vista” views!
Written July 7, 2019
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david c
1 contribution
Couples
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 downed trees, and slippery muddy spots made the hike tedious and treacherous, and when we finally got to the falls, a huge tree had fallen across the river just where you would have stopped to look at the falls. We could not stop and sit and enjoy the falls. We had to turn around and go back. Took us three hours to get there and back, and we were exhausted by all the ducking and skirting downed limbs and muddy spots. Very disappointed that the park service has not cleared the debris from last winter's storms. We will not be going back.
Written June 2, 2019
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Marjorie M
Salem, IN141 contributions
Couples
This is a nice park with picnic tables and many fishing areas. You can hike or stroll or just sit and watch the water.
Written April 17, 2019
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Linda D
Collierville, TN136 contributions
Couples
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.
Written September 18, 2018
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AshleyJackson524
Atlanta, GA179 contributions
Family
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 camp this year, so we stayed with my grandparents in Franklin and drove up for the day.
Oh, the water was so nice!!! Both kids had a good time swimming and my son loved jumping off of the platform into the water! We saw several families fishing, so many memories were being made there too.
I have seen that old building there deteriorate since I was a kid. I wish they'd redo that building. Clear out the main building of all that junk and tools and use it for community events. Charge for Girl Scout meetings and Boy Scout meetings during the week and host family reunions there. This place has so much potential and it's a shame to see it fall apart like it has.
The bathrooms get worse every time we go, and I'm on a constant look out for spiders when I change clothes.
It's a nice place to swim, but it could be so much more!
Written September 16, 2018
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Carl K
The Villages, United States101 contributions
Family
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.
Written August 22, 2018
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