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Located in the lush, Pisgah National Forest just north of Brevard along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, Sliding Rock is the place to take the ultimate plunge in North Carolina. One of the state’s beloved natural wonders, over the summer people flock from around the state to not only cool off in its pristine waters but to have a fun-filled day out in nature.
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A 60-foot slippery waterfall cascade, here you’ll find 50-60 degree water that fills a 7-foot deep pool. Visitors will find two observation platforms, with lifeguards on duty during season. Nature enthusiasts brave enough to explore the area can see the 11,000 gallons of water running over Sliding Rock, fueling the excitement where both kids and kids at heart come to get their heart racing at this unforgettable attraction.
One of North Carolina’s most famous naturally occurring thrill ride, this budget-friendly activity cannot be beaten on a hot summer day, as you’ll only spend $2 to experience the thrills and chills of Sliding Rock. Sliders patiently line up and wait their turn as one-by-one adventurous swimmers make their way down the sloping boulder. Most visitors who go down the slide will swim a few strokes to the shore and start the process all over again, ready to experience the fun all over again.
Whether you get wet yourself or prefer to watch others take the dip, you can enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding you at this Forest Service recreation area. Perfect for an afternoon escape from the hustle and bustle, this natural attraction is not only a thrilling attraction but it also offers a chance for families to get out and appreciate the area’s one-of-a-kind landscapes.
Suggested attire includes wearing old shorts and old sneakers to take the plunge, and the recreation area tends to fill to capacity so it’s best to arrive early. While you can come and slide at any time year-round during daylight hours, the lifeguards are only on duty from Memorial day weekend through Labor Day. You can visit during off season, but the lifeguards only work on weekends through mid-October. Children under 7 years must slide with an adult, and water shoes are recommended.
- Address: US-276, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
- Hours: 10AM–6PM
- Phone: (828) 877-3265
- Website: https://www.visitnc.com/listing/sliding-rock