Cliffside Lake Recreation Area & Van Hook Glade Campground

Van Hook Glade and Cliffside Lake offer secluded camping, swimming, fishing and hiking – all within minutes of Highlands, NC!

14014 Highlands Road
Highlands, NC 28741

Site Info.

Reopening on April 1!
*Please note the road closure notice

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.


Road work on Highlands Road is scheduled to take place daily for several weeks in the Highlands area close to Cliffside and Van Hook Glade. Detour to those areas using Buck Creek Road 2.5 miles BEFORE you get to highlands on 64. That road will take you to 64 just below Cliffside and Van Hook Glade. Make a left on 64 and travel for around 6 miles and the entrance will be on your left.

FIND Adventure - On Site

  • 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.

FIND Adventure - Off Site

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