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Sliding Rock – Nature’s Waterslide

Sliding Rock is a slide-like waterfall near Brevard, in North Carolina that has long been used as a natural waterslide by adventurous tourists looking for a fun way to cool off during the hot summer months.

The 60-foot-long gentle slide of Looking Glass Creek ends with a large 6-7-foot-deep pool of cold water. There are 2 observation platforms for those who prefer to watch others have all the fun, and lifeguards on duty at all times during the season to make sure no harm comes to visitors. There is a $2 entrance fee to access the recreation area, but judging by the photos and videos posted online, it’s a small price to pay for a great deal of fun. The season starts from Memorial Week and lasts through Labor Day, and according to reports this place can get pretty crowded so tourists are advised to come early if they don’t want to wait in a long queue before getting themselves wet. Sliding Rock is also accessible during the off season, but although waiting lines are much shorter, daredevils have to slide down the smooth rock slide at their own risk. The water is also considerably colder, but that doesn’t seem to bother those looking for a cool way to enjoy themselves. Sliding down is required in a sitting position only, and children have to of a certain size to slide alone, otherwise they have to sit on the lap of an adult.

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Photo: Amy’s Outlet

Developed by the US Forest Service, Sliding Rock is one of North Carolina’s most popular attractions. Located eight miles from the town of Brevard, this natural formation is fueled by 11,000 gallons of water flowing down each minute creating breathtaking, unforgettable thrills.  Blue jean shorts and water shoes are recommended to slide on the rocky surface. To get there you have to travel north from the intersection of U.S. Highway 276, approximately 7.7 miles north of the intersection of 276, U.S. Highway 64, and NC Highway 280 in Brevard.

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Photo: Brandon Reed

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Photo: Brandon Reed

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Photo: Brandon Reed

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Photo: Brandon Reed

Sources: Wikipedia, Romantic Asheville