by Brian O’Shea
Sliding Rock is a popular hot spot for locals as the slippery-sloped falls make for a good waterslide during the summer months.
It should be noted that the term waterslide conjures a smooth-carefree ride with slim-to-no-chance of injury. Throughout the approximately 10-foot slidable span of rock there are potholes, so keep your head on a swivel.
Lifelong Cashiers resident Macy Heltsley has been going to Sliding Rock for years.
“I’ve seen kids bust sliding down, you just have to be careful,” said Heltsley. “But it’s free and you get to hang out with your friends.”
Located just off Whiteside Cove Road in Cashiers, the approximately half-mile trail runs along the Chattooga River. If the water is low, hikers can navigate the riverbed and make their way up river.
Cashiers resident Jacob Pressler said Sliding Rock is always a crowd pleaser with out-of-town visitors.
“It’s a good place to bring people there for the first time or go hang with friends,” said Pressler. “Be careful though, the rocks get really slippery when you’re walking around.”
Visitors who don’t want to roll the dice sliding down the falls can take a dip in the swimming hole at the bottom.
However, the water is cold,folks.
“It’s always fun, but it’s cold, really cold,” said Pressler. “But it’s perfect for a hot-summer day.”
From Cashiers, head south on Highway 107 approximately two miles and turn right (west) on Whiteside Cove Road. About 2.5 miles down Whiteside Cove is a parking area on the right, just past a small bridge.
There are two trailheads to enter Sliding Rock, one at the top and at the bottom of the falls.