Sliding Rock is a 60-foot natural waterslide located within the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina that is fun for all ages.
Sliding Rock natural waterslide is an extremely popular destination in the summer so you will want to use these tips for your first visit.
Fill Up Your Gas Tank Before You Visit Pisque National Forest
I know that this tip can seem pretty obvious but we were really excited to visit the park and forgot to stop for gas on our way in.
We almost had to learn this lesson the hard way when we entered the park with 1/4 of a tank of gas.
We made it to a gas station with 14 miles to spare but not without unnecessary stress and bickering.
Bring Cash or a Card for Admission for the Natural Waterslide
Admission to Sliding Rock is a daily fee $5 per person. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.
(Children 6 and under are free)
*Pricing is accurate at the time of posting. Check with the website to confirm prior to visiting.
Plan Your Visit to Sliding Rock Natural Waterslide
Sliding Rock is open from late April/early May- Late October.
Stop by the Pisgah National Park Visitors Center First
The Pisgah National Forest Ranger Station and Visitors Center is located 2 miles from the Bevard entrance.
There are over 500,000 acres to explore and you want to make the most out of your visit. Take the opportunity to take a bathroom break, and check out the educational exhibits.
I also highly recommend talking to the rangers and asking for their input on your interests and time constraints.
They are your best resource and they will show you everything on the map which is good because your GPS will be sketchy at best.
I’ll be sharing more about the hidden gem he told us about later.
Get to Sliding Rock as early as possible
Peak times are between 12-4 and the parking lot can fill up fast.
Wear something that you don’t mind damaging on the Natural Waterslide
Even though the giant rock is smooth, you can still snag your swimsuit or shorts.
My younger son’s swim trunks ripped a few days later after the wear and tear on his shorts from a few rides down the natural waterslide.
Wear Water Shoes at Sliding Rock Natural Waterslide
You will climb on and over rocks on your way to the Sliding Rock line which will give your first taste of the chilly 50-60 degree temps.
( I don’t like cold water and it’s still totally worth doing)
The most challenging part of the natural waterslide is climbing over the rocks at the end back onto the observation deck.
I would highly recommend wearing water shoes or sandals with straps.
Pack a bag
Make sure that you bring towels to dry off, sunscreen, a few snacks, and drinks.
Look for nearby parking if the Sliding Rock parking lot is full
Make sure that you are parking in an area that is paved for parking on the side of the road.
It took us about 5 minutes to walk into the park.
There is not much margin on the side of the road so you will need to walk single file and keep small kids extra close if you choose to park outside of the Sliding Rock parking lot.
Take pictures and videos in shifts at Sliding Rock Natural Waterslide
If you want to get pictures and video during your slide, I would suggest taking turns so that you can get the footage…unless you have someone in your party who doesn’t want to go. We also brought a waterproof camera for another perspective down the slide.
I wanted pictures with my phone but I was not willing to risk losing it so my husband and I took turns going down with our boys while the other took pictures and video.
There are two observation areas perfect for filming.
My favorite part as an observer was watching the grandparents have a blast going down the rock.
Safety at Sliding Rock Natural Waterslide
There are lifeguards on duty during the season.
The lifeguard at the top will tell you when to go and there are other lifeguards toward the bottom to ensure safety at the bottom. All riders have to go down facing forward, sitting up.
Families with younger kids tend to stay closer to the side of the railing for a slower descent and shallower end of the pool. (Children under 7 must slide with an adult and life jackets are the only floatation device permitted)
If you want more of a thrill ride, go to the opposite side that ends in 7-8 feet deep water.
You can slide year-round during the daytime but lifeguards are only on duty during the peak season from 10-6.
Do not slide during a storm or high water and call the hotline for up-to-date closure information (828)-885-7625.
Chase More Waterfalls at Pisgah National Forest
Don’t leave Pisgah National Forest without stopping to view some of the gorgeous waterfalls along the way.
Some of the waterfalls have a longer hike than others so bring a bag and enjoy a swim at the bottom.
If you are limited on time, I would ask the Park Ranger for your best options…which leads me to….
A Local Hidden Gem Near Sliding Rock
A Park Ranger and volunteer firefighter told us about Living Waters Ministry.
I was told that the ministry is gracious to allow people to enjoy the waterfalls on their property but they do have signs posted stating that it is private property so if you do get injured it’s on you.
You also need to park on the side of the road.
If we had more time we would have stayed even longer.
There are several waterfalls within a fairly short hike and there is even a very small natural slide.
One is located steps away from the road behind the main building.
Check out the Pisgah National Forest website for more information.
Where is Sliding Rock Natural Waterslide Located?
From Brevard, take US 64 E to US 276 to get to Sliding Rock natural waterslide. Turn left and follow US 276N for 8 miles. Sliding Rock is located on left.