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part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Van Hook Glade is a scenic, secluded campground in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest. Convenient for families and anglers, the campground is in close proximity to hiking trails, scenic views, waterfalls and a nearby lake.

Natural Features:

The campground is located just 4 miles from the scenic and cultural attractions of Highlands, North Carolina, offering shady campsites in a heavily wooded and secluded area situated on rolling hills. The elevation is 4,118 feet, and the calm waters of Cliffside Lake sit adjacent.


Campers can easily relax with a book or deck of cards in the shaded campsites, or seek out many activities close by. A short trail in the campground leads to the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area, which offers six hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate, as well as trout fishing, picnicking and swimming. Boating is not permitted.

Van Hook glade is a short drive from Dry Falls and Whitewater Falls, and registered campers may use these facilities at no charge.


Van Hook Glade offers about 8 secluded and shady sites, all equipped with picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. Hot showers and flush toilets are also provided, and firewood is available for purchase on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

A morning or late afternoon drive down scenic Highway 64 is sure to present visitors with amazing views. The quaint town of Highlands has a general store and various attractions, while the larger town of Franklin has shopping, a casino, grocery stores and performing arts.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Flush Toilets
  • Lantern Posts
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Trails
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • General Store
Know Before You Go
  • No hookups available
  • Sharp curve inside campground loop may make maneuvering an RV difficult
  • Campground hosts on-site
  • Limit two vehicles and two tents maximum; some walk-in sites are limited to one vehicle
  • Gate closed from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Campfires can only be made in fire rings provided
  • This campground is managed by the Cradle of Forestry In America Interpretive Association
  • Click here to learn more about the National Forests in North Carolina
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.07722, -83.24639
35°4'38"N, 83°14'47"W

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

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Information:  (828)862-5368
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