Everything You Need to Know About Sliding Rock, North Carolina

The Western North Carolina Mountains are full of awe-inspiring landscapes and endless opportunities to get out and explore. If you really want to get your heart racing, then you must visit Sliding Rock! For hundreds of years, families and nature-lovers have spent summers cooling off on the gentle slopes of this unusual slide-type waterfall. Here’s what you need to know if you would like to experience Sliding Rock, North Carolina, to the fullest!

If you plan to visit Sliding Rock, North Carolina, you’ll definitely want to check out the hiking trails and other swimming holes in the area. Be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of them! The guide is also full of local tips about where to eat, attractions to see, and things to do during your stay at The Esmeralda Inn.

Spend an Amazing Day at Sliding Rock, North Carolina

Long before Europeans settled in the area, Native Americans used Sliding Rock for recreation and as a way to beat the heat. Now, visitors from near and far gather each summer to enjoy an exhilarating slide down the falls. Sliders plunge into a small 8ft-deep pool at the base along with 11,000 gallons of water per minute. The Sliding Rock, NC, water temperature rarely climbs above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even in the middle of summer. Travelers who don’t plan on getting wet can enjoy views of Sliding Rock from one of several observation areas. Whether you decide to take the plunge or sit back and observe, we guarantee that this will become your new favorite summer tradition.  

You can access the falls via the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway in Pisgah National Forest.  Sliding Rock is one of the last natural wonders in the U.S and draws thousands of visitors from all over the world.  The park is open year-round, but lifeguards monitor the pools from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.  Changing rooms and restrooms are open between these dates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 38-mile drive from downtown Asheville is filled with breathtaking views at every twist and turn. After taking the plunge (or multiple plunges), dry off and take a short drive to nearby Looking Glass Falls. Or, strap on your hiking boots and explore Looking Glass Rock!

Tips Before You Go

  • Admission to the park is $3 (children 3 and under are free).
  • The Sliding Rock, NC, address is US-276, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
  • Sliders younger than 7 must slide with an adult.
  • Leave your inflatable tubes at home. Life jackets are the only flotation devices permitted.  
  • Peak times are usually Saturday and Sunday between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the summertime. Plan your visit around these hours to avoid waiting in line.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera! You’ll find plenty of opportunities to snap a family photo.

Get Ready for More Adventures at The Esmeralda Inn!

After an exhilarating day at Sliding Rock, North Carolina, we invite you to stay at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. Our Chimney Rock Inn is surrounded by incredible hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, and endless places to explore. Lake Lure, Chimney Rock State Park, and Asheville are all just minutes away. Each of our rooms and cabins features top-notch amenities and are designed with your ultimate comfort in mind. No matter which of our accommodations you choose, we guarantee that you stay will be one for the books!

During your stay, you can expect to start off each morning with a complimentary breakfast. Then, come tell us all about your hiking adventures over a delicious meal at our on-site restaurant. Other on-site amenities include our bubbling hot tub and spa, outdoor patio, game room, and more. Make sure to take advantage of our current specials and book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you!