Looking for some summertime water fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Look no further than Sliding Rock NC. People and families have been coming to Sliding Rock NC, located in Pisgah National Park in NC for years and years.
Location: On Highway 276, 8 miles outside of Brevard NC
Roundtrip Distance: Just a short walk from the parking lot to the falls
Difficulty: Very Easy
Features: Waterfall, swimming, restrooms and large parking lot.
Directions: Take US 276 North from Brevard 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.
Sliding Rock NC
Sliding rock is an all natural, 60′ waterfall that you can slide down and then plunge into a 8′ pool at the bottom. 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 offseason times, but the water is colder than usual and their are no lifeguards or staff on duty.
For 2014, Lifeguards are on duty from Saturday, May 24 through September 1 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The cost to enter when lifeguards are on duty is $2/person. Children under 6 years of age are free. Visiting during off hours is free.
In addition to sliding and swimming, there are a number of observation areas and decks with benches and seats, where you can relax and watch people sliding. I’m not much into cold water, and neither is my wife, but we just enjoy going and watching other people sliding and having a good time. Watching the kids and people having a good time is a great way to relax.
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.
Tips for visiting Sliding Rock NC
- 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.
- No floatation devices (like tubes, floaties or noodles) are allowed. Only life jackets are permitted.
- Blue Jean shorts are recommended. Bathing suits will work, but they can get worn through pretty quick sliding down the rock. Bathing suits are also subject to “wedgies”, especially if you’re female. Water shoes are also highly recommended.
- During the prime time hours of summer, the lot can often fill up. To avoid the crowd, arrive before 11am or after 4pm.
- No alcohol or picnicking is allowed.
While you’re in the area, be sure to stop by Looking Glass Falls, just another mile or so down 276 towards Brevard, NC. If you enjoy waterfalls and swimming holes, check our Waterfalls of NC article for a full list of wonderful waterfalls.