Sliding Rock, NC

Sliding Rock Insider's Guide 2018

At Sliding Rock each summer, many thousands of children and adults slip and slide down this favorite natural mountain waterfall in Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard and Asheville, North Carolina. Sliders patiently line up and wait their turn as one-by-one they ride the chilly water (50-60 degrees!) 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.

This natural water slide, 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. It is extremely popular on hot summer days, so be patient! There's plenty of areas to relax on rocks or observation decks.

August UPDATE: Sliding Rock closes for high water or lightning due to summer storms. Check their Twitter Feed for daily updates on closures.

Sliding Rock, North Carolina

While you can slide anytime year-round during daylight hours, lifeguards are on duty and changing rooms / restrooms are open every day from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day 10 AM-6 PM. After Labor Day, lifeguards work on weekends through October.

Cost to enter the recreation area is $3 per person when staff members are on duty (cash or credit card). Children 6 and under are free. It is free to visit during "off" hours (but restrooms are closed and donations encouraged). Do not slide during high water or thunderstorms.

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Tips for Sliding Rock 2018

  • 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.
  • Bring cash or check for admission, $3/person. New for 2018 - credit cards now accepted.
  • 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.
  • Water shoes are recommended for sliding on the rock (and rugged shorts / swimsuits since you are sliding across a big rock!).
  • The parking area fills up and closes periodically on summer weekends. For a more enjoyable visit, avoid peak visiting hours of 12-4 PM on Saturday and Sundays. The parking area also fills up on some weekdays in July.
  • Slide in sitting position only.
  • Bring your own water to stay hydrated on the hot summer days. Beginning in June 2018, some snacks and drinks, towels and water shoes will be for sale.
  • Don't expect wi-fi or even mobile phone reception.
  • 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 at nearby Pink Beds, four miles away. And find riverside tables nearby along US 276.
  • The nearest food is at Cradle of Forestry Cafe - turn left from Sliding Rock and go four miles. Or turn right and go eight miles to Brevard for many options for food, ice cream, breweries and more (read about Brevard).
  • For latest updates, the phone hotline for Sliding Rock is 828-885-7625. The phone number for the nearest Pisgah Forest Ranger Station is 828-877-3265.

Sliding Rock

Driving Directions
Note: GPS is often not accurate and gets you lost in this area! And cell service is limited. Use these 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 Brevard, watch for 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. From the Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 412, take US 276 South about 7.5 miles.

Sliding Rock NC

Nearby Waterfalls & Hiking
Sliding Rock is located along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway in Pisgah National Forest, with plenty of other things to see and do nearby, including roadside Looking Glass Falls and hikes to Looking Glass Rock, Daniel Ridge Falls, and Pink Beds. The Cradle of Forestry has family-friendly trails and many historic buildings and activities for kids (4 miles away). For more, see our Pisgah Forest Waterfall & Hiking Map.

More Swimming Holes
Find other swimming spots in Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. For a similar natural slide, check out Turtleback Falls.

Near Sliding Rock

Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls
Roadside 60-ft. waterfall in Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. Enjoy from the parking area or take the steps down for an up-close look. 10 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway.
Moore Cove Falls
Moore Cove Falls
(1.5 miles roundtrip, easy) Walk behind this 50-foot waterfall located near the popular Looking Glass Falls. Beautiful hike along the way. While the water flow is not impressive, it's a beautiful setting that is overlooked by many since there are no signs.
Brevard
Picturesque Main Street has many local shops, restaurants, galleries, brewery, museums and favorite O.P. Taylor toy store. Big events include the White Squirrel Festival, 4th of July celebration, Brevard Music Festival and Halloweenfest. This is the Land of the Waterfalls with hiking, biking and famous Sliding Rock.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Adventure Guide
Order your free 48-page Adventure Guide for Brevard and Transylvania County, Land of the Waterfalls, with scenic drives, hikes, waterfall map, festivals, art, museums and picturesque Main Street.
Brevard Lodging
Brevard Places to Stay
Find cabins of all sizes, hotels, B&Bs and luxury inns in the Brevard area from their official visitor center. It's the Land of Waterfalls. Includes Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest.
Forest Discovery Center at the Cradle of Forestry
Cradle of Forestry
(2 miles loop, easy) Walk paved, accessible trails to see restored buildings from the early 1900s and learn about how forestry began in the United States. Perfect for strollers, wheelchairs and scooters.

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