Cliffside Vista Trail

Highlands, NC
  • 13908 Highlands Road Highlands NC, 28741
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Cliffside Lake Recreation Area boasts numerous hiking opportunities, including an interpretive loop trail describing shrubs and trees along the Cliffside Vista Trail. The half-mile loop around the lake offers hikers an easy walk that is quite level. This recreation area’s swimmable lake, campground, and network of short, manageable trails make this an ideal location for adventurous families. You’re also close to sights such as 120-foot Bridal Veil Falls, with a popular pull-off where you can drive your car under the cascade.

Take US 64 northwest from Highlands for 4 miles, turn right (north) on Forest Service Road 57 for 2 miles. There are signs for directions into the area.


Whether you want to tackle a mountain or sit by a stream, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. This is a premier golf destination, but there’s so much more available. There are streams to fish, public pools and tennis courts to enjoy and playgrounds, too. Winter sports include ice skating, skiing, tubing and hiking.


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