Sliding Rock Recreation Area

Sliding Rock is a 60 foot mountain water slide that ends in a 8 foot deep pool of water. Nearly 11,000 gallons of water per minute power this natural wonder. Onlookers can watch the fun from two observation platforms. The site is staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is open 7 days a week. This area is heavily used between the hours of 12 noon and 4 pm, so please come early.  After Labor Day weekend, it is staffed intermittently thru mid-October. The recreation area may close due to heavy rainfall and increased water levels. Visitors can call 828-885-7625 (885-ROCK) for any weather closure updates. 

To ease congestion in the parking area, picnicking is not allowed. However, you can grab lunch at the Cafe at the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site.  It’s only 4 miles, turn left when leaving Sliding Rock.

Been there, done that and need the t-shirt? Visit The Forest Store to purchase a Sliding Rock t-shirt, ball cap, or coffee mug!  We also carry a variety of maps, hiking guides and collectibles.

Entrance Fees

$2.00 per person

No Refunds.  

Cash and checks accepted.  No credit card payments.

Camp counselors must sign in with Site Manager/Lifeguard BEFORE campers slide.  Group limit is 50 people per day including counselors and viewers.


Swim at your own risk.

Slide in seated position ONLY.

No running.

No throwing or moving rocks.