Sliding Rock is a natural water slide long-used by adventurous tourists looking for a fun way to cool off during the hot summer months.
Located on Looking Glass Creek in the Pisgah National Forest near the quaint college town of Brevard, North Carolina, this water feature is a popular place to cool off and enjoy outdoor family fun during the South’s sweltering summer months.
This slab of rock offers a 60-foot-long gentle slide, landing swimmers into large pool of chilly water. The slide is fueled by 11,000 gallons of water flowing down each minute to create breathtaking thrills.
The pool is 6 to 8 feet deep, so you need to know how to swim –or wear a lifejacket. Blue jean shorts and water shoes are recommended to slide on the rocky surface. Sliding down is required in a sitting position only, and children have to of a certain size to slide alone or sit on the lap of an adult.
There are two observation platforms for those who prefer to stay dry and simply watch the fun.
The area has been developed by the U.S. Forest Service into a popular recreation area and is actively supervised by park lifeguards from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST from Memorial Day (late May) through Labor Day (early September) each year. Sliding Rock is also accessible during the off season; however, adventurers must slide down the smooth rock at their own risk.
On warm summer days the parking area can get very crowded, so it’s a good idea to get there early in the day. The slide’s peak hours tend to be on Saturdays and Sundays from noon and 4 p.m. During summer season, there is a $2 fee per person; children 6 years and under are free. Restrooms and changing rooms are available on-site during the summer season.
Picnicking and alcohol are not allowed on the premises, but a picnic area are located nearby at Pink Beds, four miles away. The nearest restaurant is Cradle of Forestry Café, just four miles from Sliding Rock.
Davidson River Campground is located just minutes from Sliding Rock. The campground runs along the Davidson River and is a great place for trout fishing, tubing and swimming. Find everything you need to know about the area at the Pisgah Ranger Station, located across the street from the campground. Several grocery stores are located within 3 miles.
Sliding Rock is located in Transylvania County in western North Carolina, which advertises itself as the Land of Waterfalls. Sliding Rock is near Looking Glass Falls, Looking Glass Rock, Daniel Ridge Falls, Pink Beds Hike and the Cradle of Forestry. For a list of waterfalls and trails, see the Pisgah Forest Waterfall & Hiking Map.
Check out the Pisgah Field School for a schedule of their learning adventures – family hikes, history tours and science-based workshops – in the Pisgah National Forest.
For more information about Sliding Rock and other adventures in western North Carolina, visit RomanticAsheville.com or call the Pisgah Ranger Station and Visitor Center at 828-877-3350.
Photo: City of Brevard, N.C.