Forget man-made waterparks with their crafted twists and turns.Try a natural water slide instead. Sliding Rock, in Transylvania County, should be your water slide of choice.
Here are the specs. Eleven thousand gallons of water a minute. A ride down 67 feet of smooth stone. And a seven-foot deep pool where the “ride” comes to a natural end. Riders and sliders get a whirlwind rush and a refreshing splash on a hot summer day (or an icy bath if your sense of adventure takes you for a ride in the spring or the fall.
Sliding Rock is a Forest Service recreation area and during the summer season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, lifeguards and staff are on duty. It can take more than an hour to get through the line and down the slide on a crowded summer weekend, but no one seems to mind the wait.
You can go sliding when summer’s done, but it’s not encouraged. There is NO lifeguard on duty. And the water that feels great on a hot summer day has a decidedly different feel when it is cold outside. Bathrooms open in season.
Sliding Rock is off Highway 276. From the intersection of Hwys 64, 280 and 276 north near Brevard, drive north on Hwy 276 for 7.5 miles. Or come south on 276 from the Blue Ridge Parkway.