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Sliding Rock, NC Waterfall Slide

Also See: Other NC Mountain Swimming Holes | North Carolina Waterfall Guide | Hiking Guide | Pisgah Forest | Cradle of Forestry | Turtleback Falls | Waterfalls near Highlands & Cashiers | Outdoor Guides | Looking Glass Falls | Forest Heritage Scenic Byway | Skinny Dip Falls | Waterfall Drives & Maps | Top 10 Ways to Beat the Heat | Pisgah Forest Waterfall & Hiking Map
Sliding Rock NC

At Sliding Rock each summer, thousands of children and adults slip and slide down this favorite natural mountain waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, North Carolina. Sliders patiently line up and wait their turn as one-by-one they ride the chilly water down the 60-foot flat, sloping boulder. They make a splash in an eight-foot deep pool and swim a few strokes to the shore, get in line, and do it all over again. Lifeguards supervise the fun during the peak summer months.

This natural waterslide, located eight miles from Brevard, is fueled by 11,000 gallons of water flowing down the rock each minute, creating an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind thrill. Cost to enter the recreation area is $1 per person.

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Changing rooms and restrooms are open during the summer swimming season and the area is lifeguard protected from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Sliding Rock is also open when lifeguards are not working. So you can slide during daylight hours, but you swim at your own risk. It is extremely popular on hot summer weekends.

Things to Know Before You Go to Sliding Rock:
- There are several observation areas to watch the sliders. So it's a great place to visit even if you don't want to get wet.
- The pool at the bottom of the falls is eight feet deep. So you must know how to swim!
- Children under 7 years must slide with an adult
- Lifejackets are the only flotation device allowed
- Blue jean shorts and water shoes are recommended for sliding on the rock
- Slide in sitting position only.
- No alcohol is permitted.
- Pets are allowed in the area, but they must be on a leash and cannot slide down the rock
- To avoid congestion in the parking lot, no picnicking is allowed. Picnic areas are nearby at Pink Beds, four miles away.

Directions: From Asheville (38 miles from downtown), drive I-26 East to Exit 40 for Highway 280 (and the Asheville Airport). Take a right onto Highway 280 West and go 16 miles toward Brevard. As you enter the Brevard area, you will see a big shopping center on the right (with Wal-Mart). Just past the center, turn right onto US Highway 276 North (Forest Heritage Scenic Byway) to enter the Pisgah National Forest. Go 7.6 miles to a parking area on the left.

Nearby Waterfalls & Hiking
Sliding Rock is near Looking Glass Falls, Looking Glass Rock, Daniel Ridge Falls, Pink Beds Hike, and Cradle of Forestry. From the Blue Ridge Parkway, take U.S. Highway 276 South at Milepost 412 for eight miles. For more, see our Pisgah Forest Waterfall & Hiking Map.

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Sliding Rock NC

Sliding Rock NC

Sliding Rock NC

Sliding Rock NC

Sliding Rock NC
Too cold for sliding! But you can stop by Sliding Rock in the winter for the added beauty of the ice.
See more beautiful icy waterfalls.


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