Cliffside Lake and Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Cliffside Lake Recreation Area offers two covered picnic shelters that must be reserved, a bathhouse with cold showers, a lake for fishing and swimming, a gazebo and six short hiking trails. Some trails lead to waterfalls.

Stay is limited to 14 days. To prevent pipes from freezing, the recreation area's water is turned off when the area is closed. No fee is charged in winter.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Reservations: Two shelters can be reserved for a fee.
Fees Picnic Shelters are available for reservation, small shelter is $25 per half day and large shelter is $35 per hald day. Reservations are available April 1 - October 31 by calling 828-862-5962. Day use fee is $4 per vehicle with a self-service pay station. Seasonal passes are available for $16.
Permit Info: North Carolina Fishing License is required to fish in Cliffside Lake and nearby streams and rivers.
Open Season: April 1 - October 31
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Franklin- 8 miles; Highlands - 4.5 miles
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush/Vault
Operated By: Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, 100 S. Broad Street, Brevard, NC 28712, 828-526-5912. Reservations for Cliffside Lake picnic Shelters please call 828-526-5912 May-October.

General Information


From Highlands follow 64 West approximately 4.5 miles and the entrance will be on the right.

General Notes:

Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-6441

Recreation Map

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Lake and Pond Fishing

From Cliffside Lake, anglers may fish the shoreline. To fish Cliffside Lake and nearby streams and rivers, anglers must have a North Carolina fishing license and trout stamp.

Fishing MethodBait, lure
Accessible PlatformAccessible Fishing platform
Fishing PlatformFishing platforms are available.
Fishing ModeBank
Difficulty Level: Easy


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Water Activities

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