Sliding Rock is a personal favorite, not just of ours, but to generations of visitors who’ve dropped by to enjoy this natural occurring slip-n-slide.
Located on the Davidson River, Sliding Rock’s gentle sloped face is over 60 feet long, and approximately 11,000 gallons of water cascade across its surface into an 8ft deep pool at the base. It’s an amazingly fun experience – one we highly recommend for anyone passing through.
The average temperature of the water in the base pool is a refreshing 55 degrees, which feels quite good during the summer months. A convenient hand rail extends from the base pool up to the top of the slide as well.
There are 2 observation decks (seen in our picture gallery) where non-sliders can enjoy, and photograph, the falls. Restrooms are also on-site. Children are welcome to enjoy Sliding Rock, but must know how to swim. Children under 7 years old must slide with an Adult. Lifeguards are present 7 days a week Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10am – 6pm. After Labor Day, it’s staffed Saturdays and Sundays only, from 10-6 until end of October (No entrance fee required during unstaffed hours)
Sliding Rock adheres to strict weather safety protocol. If sketchy weather is in the area during your visit, we suggest calling their main number for any closure announcements: 828-885-7625
Entrance fee is $3 per person – cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. There are rental lockers on site if you need to store valuables while you slide (see image included)
Here’s a video we captured recently, during a brief lightning delay: