Cliffside Lake Recreation Area & Van Hook Glade Campground

Opening June 1, 2020.
Alert:  Due to the increase in close and serious bear encounters on the District, the Nantahala Ranger District is strongly recommending that all overnight campers use bear proof containers for all food and scented items and to store those items in the trunk of their vehicles.   Bear Warning    Bear Notice 
***Get your BearVault food container at The Forest***

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. Gather your favorite people and escape the every day routine at Van Hook Glade Campground and Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. Heading to Brevard, NC or Asheville, NC?

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The entrance to Van Hook Glade Campground is adjacent to the entrance of Cliffside Lake Recreation Area, off of Hwy. 64.

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Events & Things to Do



  • Opening June 1, 2020.
  • Open April 1 – October 31, 2020
  • 18 standard campsites for tents and small RV’s
  • Hot showers and flush toilets at the campground
  • Fire wood and starter available for purchase
  • Picnic tables, tent pads & fire rings
  • Recreation area has swimming, hiking, shelters and fishing available
  • Dogs are allowed.  They must be on a leash at all times.  Clean up after your pet.  No pets on the beach area.
  • Campground Map
  • Campground Map 2
  • Campground Vicinity Map
  • Campground Rules

Reservation & Contact Info

Make an Online Reservation for van hook glade

Or call Toll Free:  1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation

14014 Highlands Road
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-5912

GPS: 35° 04’ 38.76” N, 83° 14’ 53.76 W

Elevation: 4,118 Feet

Camping Fees

Van Hook Glade Campsites:

Maximum Occupancy per site: 8 persons / 2 cars / 2 tents or 1 RV & 1 tent – $24

*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.



Day Use Fees

  • 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)
  • Only cash and checks accepted at this facility

Love the RV Lifestyle?

Be a Camp Host!

Being a host with the CFAIA is an exciting opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, meet new friends and provide assistance and information to visitors.  Learn more about Camp Hosting here at Van Hook Glade Campground or any of our other locations in North Carolina, Georgia, or Indiana.