Sliding Rock

Sliding Rock
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The aptly named Sliding Rock is a small slide-type waterfall. This geological formation is in western North Carolina, United States. The popular name for this waterfall comes from the fact that people can slide the gently sloped length of the waterfall.

Sliding Rock is part of Looking Glass Creek, in the Pisgah National Forest. The area is a popular regional tourist site that the US Forest Service monitors and maintains.

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
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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 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 upon the time of year.

Approximately 11,000 gallons (41,640 liters) of water flows over Sliding Rock per minute.

Check out our articles on Shoshone Falls, Yosemite Falls, Linville Falls.

Todd Sain Sr.