Sliding Rock now operated by Cradle of Forestry

Press release:

Sliding Rock Recreation Area, Pisgah Ranger District, Now Operated by Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association

May 9, 2017, Asheville, NC: One of Western North Carolina’s favorite destinations, Sliding Rock on the Pisgah National Forest, will be operated by the Cradle of Forestry Interpretative Association (CFAIA) for the 2017 season.
Carlton Murrey, Executive Director of CFAIA said “Sliding Rock offers a unique recreational and spectator experience for visitors to Pisgah. Our team is eager to maintain a high level of customer service in a safe environment.” Pisgah District Ranger Dave Casey said “CFAIA does an excellent job operating some of our largest campgrounds and we expect visitors will have the same great experience they’ve always enjoyed.”

Sliding Rock is one of WNC’s most visited natural attractions with a 60-foot natural water slide that ends in an 8 foot deep pool of water. Sliding Rock is open year round, 7 days a week for viewing from 2 observation platforms. Lifeguards are present and restrooms are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend.

For the most enjoyable visit, please remember the following:
– You must know how to swim.
– Children under 7 years must slide with an adult.
– Sliding Rock will be closed when lifeguards determine it is unsafe to slide (example: water level is too high, thunder, and/or lightning).
– Picnicking, glass containers, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
– During peak use, the parking area fills up and closes intermittently. Be prepared to wait or visit other nearby areas.
– Sliding Rock is open year round. Memorial Day through Labor Day, it will be staffed from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Restrooms are open only when staffed.
– Cost is $2 per person. Children under 3 are free. Cash or check with valid ID only.

For more information on Sliding Rock call: (828) 885 – ROCK (7625) or visit
The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Pisgah Forest, NC, with a mission to promote educational, recreational, and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources, natural history and the Cradle of Forestry in America.

About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at

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