Cliffside Lake Loop Trail

Highlands, North Carolina

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Within Cliffside Lake Recreation Area there are hiking trails, a fishing “pier,” a swimming beach, and of course the splendid lake itself. A trail connects the neighboring Van Hook Glade Campground to the recreation area, giving campers easy access and making this a great place to stay. The flat, easy trail loops around the lake, following the shoreline most of the way. Although dogs aren’t allowed in the “people swimming area,” there are ample opportunities for them to take a dip in the lake.
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by Melissa Watson (Falcon Guides)

Within Cliffside Lake Recreation Area there are hiking trails, a fishing “pier,” a swimming beach, and of course the splendid lake itself. A trail connects the neighboring Van Hook Glade Campground to the recreation area, giving campers easy access and making this a great place to stay.

The flat, easy trail loops around the lake, following the shoreline most of the way. Although dogs aren’t allowed in the “people swimming area,” there are ample opportunities for them to take a dip in the lake.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Highlands
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 25 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,454 feet
Top Elevation: 3,457 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala Ranger District; (828) 524-6441; www.fs.fed.us
Local Maps: DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 52, A1
Driving Directions: Directions to Cliffside Lake Loop Trail

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