The aptly named Sliding Rock is a small slide-type waterfall. This popular geological formation is located in western North Carolina, United States. The popular name for this waterfall is derived from the fact that individuals can slide the gently sloped length of the waterfall! Sliding Rock is part of Looking Glass Creek, in the Pisgah National Forest. The area has been developed into a popular tourist site that is monitored and maintained by the US Forest Service. Long before European settlers arrived in the area, Sliding Rock was a popular location for cooling off on hot summer days for the indigenous Native American tribes.
Sliding Rock Geological Characteristics
Sliding Rock is approximately 60 ft (18.3 m) in length. The width varies between approximately 20-40 ft (6.1-12.2 m) over the length of the waterfall. Originating from mountain springs high in the Appalachian Mountains, which form Looking Glass Creek, the water temperature rarely rises above 50-60F (10-15.6C) even during the summer. At the base of Sliding Rock lies a small plunge pool. This is approximately 30 ft (9.1 m) in width, and averages between 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m) in depth, depending upon the time of year. Approximately 11,000 gallons (41,640 liters) of water flows over Sliding Rock per minute.
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