On The Road: Sliding Rock

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Take a tour of the Pisgah National Forest and you just might hear ear piercing screams, followed by a big splash. In the summer Sliding Rock becomes the hottest slip and slide in the area, but don't take that too literally.

"It was really fun, but the water was really cold," said Justin Bruner, a Greensboro resident. He drove up for the day just for the experience. He described the feeling of going under. " Numb, your whole body goes numb, but the anticipation of waiting in line is absolutely incredible."

Sliding Rock boasts a sixty foot ride that plunges you into a seven foot deep pool. I asked Bruner what it felt like to slide down a hard rock. "It's a pretty smooth ride, but if you get off to one side or the other it can be pretty rough."

Lifeguards are on duty to make sure all visitors stay safe. Thousands of families visit between Memorial Day and Labor Day for the exhilarating experience. After all, it costs just one dollar.

If you're not looking to get wet, take a seat on the observation deck for an incredible view of the action. Perhaps the best view of all is just a few miles down the road. Looking Glass Falls is one of Pisgah National Forests biggest draws. The 30 foot wide, sixty foot high, rush of water is a huge attraction, and a fantastic photo opportunity, and it's completely free.

Bruner says it's the place to be. " I would recommend it. It's a great family place. Definitely..."


Take I-85 S to exit 10 B- US-74/ Kings Mtn . Go 55 miles then merge onto I-26 West. Follow the interstate for 16.5 miles and exit at 49B- US-64 W. From the intersection of US 276 and US 64 in Pisgah Forest, NC (near Brevard), go about eight miles north on US 276 toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. You will pass Looking Glass Falls on the right after five miles. Look for signs directing you to the Sliding Rock recreation area parking lot on the left.

Trip Time: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes