Cashiers Sliding Rock
Sliding Rock Falls is a hidden gem in Whiteside Cove that’s perfect for anyone longing for a splash in a cool mountain pool.
Cashiers Sliding Rock Falls, not to be confused with Sliding Rock north of Brevard, is a great local swimming hole for families. It was formed over time by the headwater of the Chattooga River flowing over the rockface.
At the bottom of the slide, you’ll find a nice sand-bottom swimming area. There are potholes at the middle of the slide that older kids and adults can cautiously jump into.
It’s best for the younger ones to slide closer to the trail to avoid the potholes.
We last visited Sliding Rock during a beautiful evening in early July when there were just a few others present. We particularly enjoyed viewing the waterfall with the surrounding rhododendrons in full bloom. There is a trail on the left side of Sliding Rock leading to some pleasing small cascades.
From the intersection of Highways 64 and 107 in Cashiers take 107 south 1.75 miles to Whiteside Cove Road. Turn right and continue 2.8 miles to the bridge over the Chattooga River. There are pull-offs close to the bridge where you can park.
From Highlands, drive east from the center of town on Main Street. At the edge of town, the name of the road changes to Horse Cove Road. Continue approximately four miles to Whiteside Cove Road. Bear left and drive approximately five miles to the bridge over the Chattooga River. There are pull-offs close to the bridge where you can park.
The trailhead can be found on the north side of the road adjacent to the river. Hike the easy 100 yards to Sliding Rock. If the water flow is good, you will probably hear the sound of the waterfall at the trailhead.