Campground & Recreation Area

Cliffside Lake Recreation Area & Van Hook Glade Campground

14014 Highlands Road
Highlands, NC 28741

Open April-October

Van Hook Glade 877.444.6777 Reservations CANNOT be made by calling the office. Use the reserve link below or follow this step-by-step guide.
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Van Hook Glade and Cliffside Lake offer secluded camping, swimming, fishing and hiking – all within minutes of Highlands, NC!

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.


Standard/Interagency & Senior Discounts


Van Hook Glade Campsites (8 persons/2 vehicles/2 tents or 1 tent and 1 RV) – $24

Paid Amenities:

Day Use — Parking – $5/$2.50
Season Pass – $25/$12.50 (*Interagency/Senior Discount honored on site only – not online)
Small Shelter – $30
Large Shelter – $40

Season Passes

Season passes are available. Click here to purchase.


From Highlands, North Carolina, follow Highway 64 west approximately 4.5 miles. The campground entrance is on the right.

FIND Your Next Adventure

  • 18 Tent and Small RV Campsites
  • Hot Showers and Flush Toilets
  • Firewood and Starter Available for Purchase
  • Picnic Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Fire Rings
Things to Do…
  • Swimming and Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
Please, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly so that your public lands can be enjoyed for generations to come!

Additional Information

May I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash or kenneled at all times. Please clean up after your pet!

How long is the shelter rentals for?

Shelter rental fees are for the ½ day and do NOT include the Day Use fee.

What fish species are at Cliffside Lake?

Largemouth Bass, Trout, and Bluegill can be found in Cliffside Lake.


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