Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest Makes USA Today's Top 12 List of Top-Secret Swimming Holes

If you have lived or traveled to the Asheville area, it's probably not top secret to you. For those who may not beSliding Rock near Asheville NC familiar with the area, Sliding Rock is a fun day's adventure. It's no wonder it just made USA Today's Top 12 List of Top Secret Swimming Holes.

It is a glorious sight and experience to make the trek to Sliding Rock, located just about 40 miles southwest of Asheville in Brevard and nestled within the Pisgah National Forest. It's one of nature's recreational gifts! Swimmers enjoy the 60-foot surface of a very slick, smooth boulder graced by a cool mountain stream that quickly leads to a pleasant plunge into a 7-foot pool of very refreshing and invigorating North Carolina mountain waters.

Here's what USA Today has to say about Pisgah National Forest's Sliding Rock:

Sliding Rock—Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina: It’s not very often that the natural world and human interests conspire so perfectly, but this rock formation appears to have been created expressly for the purpose of recreation. Located in the Pisgah National Forest about 40 miles southwest of Asheville, this is one of the few swimming holes to come with a built-in delivery device: a 60-foot-long sloping boulder that carries swimmers down into a seven-foot-deep plunge pool with refreshingly chilly 50- to 60-degree mountain waters.
Sliding Rock is located in a Forest Service recreation area and staffed with lifeguards seasoSliding Rock in Brevard NCnally from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The area is open daily from 10a.m. to 6p.m. There is limited parking for $1 per person at the recreation area. The summer tends to have bigger crowds than other times of the year, obviously. Coming to Sliding Rock during the off-season offers shorter lines and chillier waters, but you are also sliding at your own risk.

If you'd like more details and directions to the Sliding Rock Recreational Area, click here for the USDA National Forest website information. If you'd like to see more photos and video of Sliding Rock, click here.

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Enjoy your Asheville adventures wherever they may take you. If you have any favorite secret swimming holes you'd like to share, we'd love to hear about those too. (If you prefer to keep them to yourself, we understand that also.) Happy sliding!

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