Sliding Rock Recreation Area to reopen April 30 | Outside


Sliding Rock Recreation Area, one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Pisgah National Forest, will reopen on April 30.

The area has been closed since last August after Tropical Storm Fred caused historic flooding that damaged infrastructure and left debris in the Davidson River, creating hazards for visitors.

The lower Sliding Rock viewing platform has been damaged beyond repair and will not be rebuilt in time for the 2022 reopening; however, visitors will be able to descend to the creek at this location and view the sliding action from the upper observation deck. Repair of damage and improvement of the site will continue in the years to come.

“TS Fred has been devastating to much of the Pisgah and our local community and there is still so much recovery work going on. We are progressing well and it is exciting to see the iconic Sliding Rock attraction reopen this year,” said Dave Casey, Pisgah District Ranger.

Sliding Rock is a 60 foot natural slide that ends in an 8 foot deep pool of water. Staffed and licensed by Adventure Pisgah, Sliding Rock has restrooms available seven days a week from April 30 to October 9, then weekends only from October 15 to 30. Lifeguards are present every day from May 2 to September 15.

Because Sliding Rock is extremely popular, visitors are advised to arrive early and avoid peak hours from noon to 4 p.m. When the car park fills up, it is closed until spaces become available. Visitors can explore other nearby attractions such as the Cradle of Forestry, Looking Glass Falls, or Pink Beds. Sliding Rock may temporarily close due to heavy rain, lightning, or high water levels.

For more information on fees and restrictions, visit or Follow @slidingrocknc on Instagram for zone status updates.


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