Sliding Rock Recreation Area

Sliding Rock is a 60 foot natural water slide that ends in a 8 foot deep pool of water, with 2 observation platforms, operated by Adventure Pisgah. The area is open 365 days a year, weather and water levels permitting, but only has restrooms available seven days a week April 30-October 9, then weekends only October 15-30. Lifeguards are present everyday May 2-September 15. 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 Naventure website and Instagram (@slidingrocknc) for information and area status updates.

At a Glance

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 $5 per person. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
Open Season: Late April/early May - Late October
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No Alcohol or Picnicking Permitted. 
Closest Towns: Brevard, NC
Water: Drinking
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Naventure

General Information


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

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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: $5 per person entry when staffed; restrooms open when fee is charged
Parking: Parking Lot
Toilets: Flush
Accessible: Restrooms and parking
Drinking water:

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