Cliffside Lake Recreation Area & Van Hook Glade Campground

Cliffside Lake Beach

Cliffside Lake Beach

Van Hook Glade Campground is approximately four miles from the heart of Highlands, NC in Nantahala National Forest and very close to Franklin, NC. This small, secluded campground is directly across the street from the beautiful Cullasaja River. Up the hill from the campground, you’ll find Cliffside Lake Recreation Area, a tucked-away haven of tranquility, where you can swim, fish, hike, picnic, and take part in family nature programs. Escape your every day routine at Van Hook Glade Campground and Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. Start planning your trip today! Heading to Brevard, NC or Asheville, NC?  Make sure to visit our other campground locations at Davidson RiverNorth Mills River and Lake Powhatan.

Please Note: Purchase maps and guide books to this area by visiting our on-line store, The Forest Place.

Cliffside Lake Picnic Area

Picnic Area at Cliffside Lake.

Van Hook Glade Campground

Beautiful, secluded campsites await At Van Hook Glade Campground.

Things to Do

  • Dry Falls
  • Highlands Nature Center & Botanical Garden
  • Bartram Trail
  • Bridal Veil Falls

Campground/Recreation Area Fees

Van Hook Glade Campsites:

Maximum Occupancy per site: 8 persons / 2 cars / 2 tents or 1 RV & 1 tent – $20

Federal Interagency Senior/Access discounts only apply to single standard site rate. Does not apply to any other items or services. Card holder must be present on site to use discount.

Only cash and checks accepted at this facility.

Cliffside Lake Recreation Area:

Day use per vehicle – $5
Annual Pass – $20

Picnic Shelters:

Small shelter for 1/2 day – $25  (does not include day use fee)
Large shelter for 1/2 day – $35 (does not include day use fee)


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