Cliffside Lake Recreation Area & Van Hook Glade Campground

Van Hook Glade is a scenic, secluded campground in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest, with close proximity to hiking trails, scenic views, waterfalls and Cliffside Lake — convenient for families and anglers alike.

14014 Highlands Road
Highlands, NC 28741

Site Info.

Open April – October

Van Hook Glade Campsites:

Cliffside Lake Recreation Area:

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

Shelter Rental

  • Small shelter for 1/2 day – $25 (not including Day Use fee)
  • Large shelter for 1/2 day – $35 (not including Day Use fee)

Only cash and checks accepted at this facility.

*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.
Van Hook Glade
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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 everyday routine at Van Hook Glade Campground and Cliffside Lake Recreation Area.


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

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  • 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.


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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