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Sliding Rock

US-276, North Carolina USA

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“A waterfall you can slide down!”

Sliding Rock is a waterfall in Western North Carolina, located near Brevard, so named because visitors can slide all the way down the waterfall into the plunge pool below.

Sliding Rock is a rock and small slide-type waterfall on Looking Glass Creek, in the Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard, North Carolina. It has a gentle slope and is about 60 feet long, ending in a large, deep pool at the bottom.

The rock has long been used as a natural water slide for adventurous tourists and locals. The water is very cold and is popular for cooling off in the summer.

The area has been developed by the US Forest Service into a popular recreation area. Parking is available in a large lot above the rock and beside U.S. Highway 276. There are two viewing platforms, steps down to the pool and railings to help climb the rocks on the left side before sliding down. Sliding down is required in a sitting position only. 

A restroom and changing room is provided and a lifeguard is periodically on duty especially during summer weekends. At other times, sliding down the waterfall is done at a visitor's own risk. Children must be of a certain size to slide alone, otherwise, they may slide in the lap of an adult.

A $2.00 per person fee is charged by the Forest Service to use the area between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, ONLY when lifeguards and rangers are on duty. The rock is closed to sliders during times of high water or when lightning is detected in the area.

To get to the recreation area and the falls, travel north from the intersection of U.S. Highway 276, approximately 7.7 miles north of the intersection of 276, U.S. Highway 64, and NC Highway 280 in Brevard, North Carolina. En route, you will pass Looking Glass Falls and the parking area for Moore Cove Falls.

Though there is a parking lot available, if you make a visit to the park during the busy season, the lot will likely be full, and, occasionally, there will be a long line to get into the lot. Therefore, a savvy traveler would be wise to either get to the park early or later in the day.

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Allie White

  • 37 Reviews
  • 55 Helpful
June 27, 2014

Lived in Asheville for 12 years and visited almost every summer. It can get pretty busy and a little slippery waiting in line. Wear water shoes and get ready for an awesome natural slide!

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July 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

We went of 4th of July - their busiest day of the year. The line went VERY quickly, so don't be intimidated by it if it looks long. There are changing rooms, bathrooms, and lifeguards. The slide is easy and nothing to be afraid of. Lots of little kids and older people going down. Water is clean. We didn't wear water shoes and were totally fine. Easy to control yourself going down. Tons of fun and a wonderful stop on a hot day!

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  • 8 Helpful
July 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

Higher, faster, rougher and colder than we expected but a fun and exciting experience. Not for little kids. Make sure to wear shorts or pants. I wonder why they don't do tubes?

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July 09, 2014

I first went when I was 12 and again last year being 22 and I still laughed my butt off and screamed while being submerged. The water is so incredibly cold, but very much worth it on a hot, sunny day. Wear water shoes. If you go down 4 people at a time you will get stuck and everyone will cheer for you. It's awesome.

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April 01, 2014

This is an awesome find! Thank you for sharing it on Roadtrippers!

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May 27, 2013

What a great trip. Cheap, fun, cold, but really a lot of fun.

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May 15, 2017
Rated 4.0

Can't beat it for $2!! My kids all enjoyed it! Must see if you are in the area!!

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September 12, 2016
Rated 5.0

Very busy, but a lot of fun for a couple in their 20s. There were many families, with kids and adults enjoying the fun (although there were a couple of kids NOT enjoying the cold water or slide down the rock - so be prepared for a little one to not like the experience). I highly recommend wearing water shoes (helps when climbing out of the water) and just bringing towels, as there is little room for bringing items along and you cannot picnic at this site. We paid $2 per person for admission, which includes parking. I could see a group of people or a family spending a big chunk of the day here and simply walking to a picnic area off site to eat- it was a blast! And don't worry about long lines, it goes by fast and it is very entertaining to watch others slip and slide down the rock!

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May 05, 2016
Rated 5.0

I was here when I was about 10 years old, I'm 62 now! It was so fun. It wasn't crowded at all and there were no rails or lifeguards. The rocks were probably rougher back then too! LOL.
Right after we were there they filmed an episode of Lassie there!

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September 08, 2015
Rated 5.0

Lots of fun. Wear your water shoes so you can control your slide better. Taking the back road up is really fun too, lots of scenic views. And be prepared the pool at the bottom is COLD!

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