The aptly named Sliding Rock is a small yet marvelous slide-type waterfall. This geological formation is in western North Carolina, United States. The popular name for this waterfall originated due to the fact that people can slide the gently sloped length of the waterfall.
Long before European settlers arrived in the area, the waterfall 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 also varies between roughly 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 the waterfall 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 on the time of year.
Approximately 11,000 gallons (41,640 liters) of water flows over Sliding Rock per minute.