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. It 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.
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