Sliding Rock Falls | Brevard Waterfalls Guide: Sliding Rock Falls is one of western North Carolina’s most popular attractions. The 60-foot-long Sliding Rock Falls in Pisgah National Forest draws thousands of visitors each week to take a trip down the smooth rock slide on Looking Glass Creek before they take the final plunge into a large, deep pool at the bottom. For years, visitors to Brevard and Pisgah National Forest have cooled off by taking a dip in the cool water of Sliding Rock Falls, but in recent years, the area was developed by the US Forest Service into a popular recreation area. Parking is available in a large lot above the rock and beside U.S. Highway 276. There are two viewing platforms, steps down to the pool and railings to help climb the rocks on the left side before sliding down. A restroom and changing room is provided and a lifeguard is periodically on duty especially during summer weekends. At other times, sliding down the waterfall is done at a visitor’s own risk. Children must be of a certain size to slide alone, otherwise, they may slide in the lap of an adult. A $2 per person fee is charged by the Forest Service to use the area between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, when lifeguards and rangers are on duty. The rock is closed to sliders during times of high water or when lightning is detected in the area.
Directions from Brevard: Take NC-280 East. Take a left onto US-276 West into the main entrance for Pisgah National Forest. To get to the recreation area and the falls, travel north approximately 7.7 miles passing Looking Glass Falls and the parking area for Moore Cove Falls before reaching the large parking area on the left. There is a $2 per car charge for parking.