Summer 2020 Update: Good news! Sliding Rock is open for sliding every day! See the protocol details below.
At Sliding Rock each summer, 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. It is extremely popular on hot summer days, so be patient! There are plenty of areas to relax on rocks or watch from observation decks.
While you can slide year-round during daylight hours, lifeguards are on duty and changing rooms/restrooms are open 10 AM-6 PM on these dates:
Sliding Rock closes during dangerously high water or lightning due to summer storms. Check their Twitter feed for daily updates on closures.
Cost to enter the recreation area is $3 per person when staff members are on duty (cash or credit card). Children 3 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.
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.
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.
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