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Van Hook Glade Campground is a small, secluded campground located in the Nantahala National Forest of western North Carolina. Known for its lush forest and nearby scenic attractions, it offers a peaceful retreat for campers seeking to enjoy the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.


The campground is situated off U.S. Highway 64 near Highlands, North Carolina. It is close to the Cullasaja River and is surrounded by mixed hardwoods and conifer forests, providing campers with a sense of solitude and immersion in nature.


The campground is typically open from spring through late fall, with specific opening and closing dates varying each year. The campground often operates on a first-come, first-served basis, but some sites may be reserved in advance through the National Recreation Reservation System.

Facilities and Amenities

Campsites: Van Hook Glade Campground hosts a relatively small number of campsites. Each site typically includes:

  • A tent pad
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring with a grill

Restrooms: Flush toilets are available, but there are no showers on-site.

Water: Potable water spigots are scattered throughout the campground.

Accessibility: Some sites and facilities may be accessible to individuals with disabilities, but potential visitors should check current conditions and specifics before planning their trip.


Hiking: The area is known for its hiking trails, including those in the surrounding Nantahala National Forest and nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fishing: The nearby Cullasaja River and other streams offer opportunities for trout fishing.

Sightseeing: Nearby attractions include Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and the scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Picnicking: The campground provides a peaceful setting ideal for picnics amidst the forest.

Rules and Regulations

  • Quiet Hours: Observance of quiet hours is generally required from the late evening until the morning.
  • Wildlife: The area is home to various wildlife species. Proper food storage is crucial to avoid attracting bears and other animals.
  • Campfires: Campfires are usually allowed in the provided fire rings, but there may be seasonal restrictions in times of high fire danger.
  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and controlled at all times.

Reservations and Fees

For the most current fee structure and reservation options, campers should visit the National Recreation Reservation System or the forest's official website. As this can change seasonally and year to year, it's best to consult the latest information.

General Tips

  • Check Weather: Always check the forecast and be prepared for changing mountain weather.
  • Arrive Early: If you're hoping to secure a first-come, first-served site, arrive early, especially on weekends and holidays.
  • Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the area for future visitors.
  • Local Services: Be aware that the nearest services and supplies may be some distance away in Highlands or Franklin, NC, so come prepared with all the essentials.

Note: The information provided is subject to change, so it's a good strategy to check with the U.S. Forest Service for the most up-to-date details before planning your camping trip to Van Hook Glade Campground.

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