Cool Off at Sliding Rock, NC: Tips & Guide

Sliding Rock

Sliding Rock

Sliding Rock has been a popular cooling off spot in the North Carolina mountains for many years. Located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, the natural 50-foot waterslide delights many thousands each summer. They make a splash in a pool and swim a few strokes to the shore, get in line, and do it all over again. Lifeguards supervise the fun during the peak summer months. It’s near Looking Glass Falls along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, about 38 miles from downtown Asheville. Changing rooms and restrooms are open during the summer swimming season and the area is lifeguard protected from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Sliding Rock is also open when lifeguards are not working. Cost to enter the recreation area is $2 per person (no credit cards).

Here are the latest tips and regulations for Sliding Rock:

  • You must know how to swim (the pool is approximately 8 feet deep).
  • Children under 7 years of age must slide with an adult (one adult per child and child must be able to swim).
  • Wear jean shorts since the rock can tear other material. Water shoes recommended.
  • Everyone must slide in a seated position only.
  • Coast Guard approved life jackets are the only floatation devices allowed.
  • Pets must be on a leash, and are not allowed on the rock, or in the swimming area.
  • Organized group limit is 50 people per day.  Groups of any type, including organizational/summer camps, must sign in with collection officer/lifeguard before sliding.  Best time for large groups is before 11am or after 4pm; otherwise, the area may be too full to accommodate your group.
  • The following are prohibited at Sliding Rock:  all foods, glass containers, and use of alcoholic beverages.
  • Fishing is prohibited on the rock and sliding area.
  • When the parking lot is full:  The Forest Service does not regulate parking and does not guarantee parking spaces will be available.  First come, first served.
  • Watercraft (kayaks, rafts, tubes, etc.) are not allowed on Sliding Rock, or in the swimming area.

Directions from Asheville: Take I-26 East to Exit 40 for Highway 280 (Asheville Airport). Take a right onto Highway 280 West and go 16 miles toward Brevard. As you enter the Brevard area, you will see 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. It is near Looking Glass Falls, Looking Glass Rock, Daniel Ridge Falls and Cradle of Forestry. From the Blue Ridge Parkway, take U.S. Highway 276 South at Milepost 412 for eight miles.

Go to our Sliding Rock Guide for more. Find other swimming holes in Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville.


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