Sliding Rock NC

Updated: 12/9/2022

Looking for some summertime water fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolna?  Look no further than Sliding Rock NC. People and families have been coming to Sliding Rock NC, located in Pisgah National Forest in NC for years and years.

What you need to know about Sliding Rock

Location: On Highway 276, 8 miles outside of Brevard NC

Handicap Accessible: Yes to the viewing area, but not to the bottom or top of the falls themselves

Dog Friendly: Yes, but must be on a leash

Features: Waterfall, swimming, restrooms and large parking lot.

Directions: Take US 276 North from Brevard NC for eight miles.  Or take U.S. 276 South from the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 7 miles.  There will be a sign at the entrance.

Recommended Gear: Camera, water, water shoes, sunscreen and towels, change of clothes.  When sliding down the rocks, it can very quickly wear out a bathing suit.  We recommend bringing cut off blue jeans to wear over your bathing suit, or something else made of thick material.

Sliding Rock Video

Here is a short video we took during a late summer visit to Sliding Rock.   Be aware that during peak summer months, Sliding Rock is far more busy.

All about Sliding Rock NC

Sliding Rock is a 60' natural water slide that you can slide down and then plunge into a deep pool of water at the bottom.  The pool is an 8 foot deep pool, so you'll want to know how to swim.  During busy times, the line to slide extends the entire length of the 60' boulder, along the metal fence shown in the photo above.  

People wait their turn to get into their favorite spot and then slide through the 50-60 degree water.   The water is cold, but refreshing.   More than 11,000 gallons of water flow over sliding rock each minute to propel you down the slide and into the pool.  Sliding Rock is incredibly popular, and can often be very busy during the summer months, especially on weekends.

Sliding Rock NC is open year round during daylight hours, and this includes during the offseason and winter.  You can slide during the off-season times, but the water is colder than usual and there are no lifeguards or staff on duty.

For 2022, Lifeguards will be on on duty from Saturday, April 30 through September 1 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  The cost to enter when lifeguards are on duty is $4/person.  Children under 6 years of age are free.  Visiting during off hours is free.

In addition to sliding and swimming, there is an observation deck with benches and seats, where you can relax and watch people sliding.  

Update: The Observation Deck is currently not available due to damage from significant flooding in the area.  There are plans to rebuild it.

There are full restroom and changing facilities at Sliding Rock.  For food, you'll need to drive to Brevard, NC were there are plenty of places to eat.

Plunge pool at the bottom, about 8 foot deep

Tips for visiting Sliding Rock NC

Here are a few tips to help make your visit to Sliding Rock North Carolina more enjoyable!

  1. The pool at the bottom is 8 foot deep, so you need to know how to swim.  Children under 7 must slide with an adult.
  2. The water is cold.   Water temperatures average around 50 degrees year round.  Bring a towel to stay warm, and we recommend bringing a change of clothing.
  3. No floatation devices (like tubes, floaties or noodles) are allowed.  Only life jackets are permitted.
  4. Blue Jean shorts are recommended.  Bathing suits will work, but they can get worn through pretty quickly when sliding down the rock.  Water shoes are also highly recommended, as the rocks can be slick.
  5. During the prime time hours of summer, the parking area can often fill up.  To avoid the crowd, arrive before 11am or after 4pm.
  6. No alcohol or picnicking is allowed.
  7. Life guard are on duty during the peak summer months, from 10am - 6pm

Nearby Locations to visit

Sliding Rock Photos

Here are some photos of a family enjoying the crisp and cool waters of Sliding Rock North Carolina on a late summer weekday, before all of the visitors arrived.

You may also like

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}