Sliding Rock Recreation Area

Sliding Rock Pisgah National Forest NC_edited_pxlrSliding 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.


Please Note: You may purchase maps and guide books to this area by visiting our on-line store, The Forest Place.

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.

Things to Do

  • Visit the Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site April 8 – November 1
  • Grab lunch at the Cradle of Forestry Cafe
  • Enjoy nearby Looking Glass Falls
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway, just a short drive away
  • Hiking, swimming, and camping at nearby Davidson River Campground
  • Shop in Brevard approximately 8 miles away.