Sliding Rock Recreation Area

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Sliding Rock is a 60 foot natural water slide that ends in a 8 foot deep pool of water, with 2 observation platforms, now operated by Adventure Pisgah. The area is open 365 days a year but is only staffed with lifeguards and open restrooms from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 7 days per week from 9 am to 8 pm.  After Labor Day weekend, the area is staffed only on weekends until October 31, weather and water levels permitting. When not staffed, there are no lifeguards and restrooms are closed.

This is a heavily-used recreation area; come early and try to avoid visiting during the peak hours of noon-4 pm. Periodically, the parking area fills up and will be closed until spaces become available. Plan to visit other nearby areas such as Looking Glass Falls or the Cradle of Forestry and come back to Sliding Rock later. 

Sliding Rock may close due to heavy rainfall and high water levels. Picnicking and alcohol are prohibited at Sliding Rock. Picnic at nearby Pink Beds, four miles away. Or, find riverside tables along US 276. 

Visitors can check the Adventure Pisgah website and Instagram (@slidingrocknc) for information and area status updates.

9:00am-8:00pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day and then weekends through October 31; lifeguards on duty and restrooms open when fee is charged.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Temporarily closed due to flood impacts.
Operational Hours: PISGAH RD
FOREST CLOSURE ORDER NO. 08-11-07-21-118
for noted locations:
Setzer Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Education Center
Wildlife Education Center Visitor Parking Lot and the first 0.1 miles of FSR475C; Horse Cove
Sliding Rock Recreation Area
Wolf Ford Horse Camp
Cove Creek Group Camps(Upper&Lower)
Looking Glass Falls will apply only to the stairs to the lower
observation deck and the pool below the falls.
Sycamore Flats Recreation Area
North end of the Art Loeb Trailhead and Little East Fork Trailhead
475 – Davidson River Road (from Cove Creek to Gloucester Gap)
475 – Davidson River Road (from Balsam Grove to Gloucester Gap)
140 – Courthouse Creek Road
229 – Pilot Mountain Road Maps and Official Closure Order Available at this Link
Reservations: No reservations taken
Rentals & Guides: Personal floatation devices available for rent in the parking area but are not required.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees A daily fee $4 per person. 
Open Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Mid October
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No Alcohol or Picnicking Permitted. 
Closest Towns: Brevard, NC
Water: Drinking
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Adventure Pisgah

General Information


From Brevard, take US 64 E to US 276. Turn left and follow US 276N for 8 miles. Located on left.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Water Activities

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Interpretive Site Area information, health and safety tips, and guidelines to help protect the natural environment
Fee charged for some activities $4 per person entry from Memorial Day to Labor Day and intermittently through mid-October; lifeguards on duty; restrooms open when fee is charged
Parking Parking Lot
Toilets Flush
Accessible Restrooms and parking
Drinking water