Hoping to enjoy just one more fun, sunny afternoon before summer’s end? There are plenty of places where you can still make one more big splash before autumn arrives. In fact, here, just for you, are 12 really cool natural water slides across the USA.
12 Really Cool Natural Water Slides Across The USA
1. Franconia Falls and The Lower Falls, Lincoln, and Conway, New Hampshire
You can take a scenic drive along Kancamagus Highway or hike in three miles if you wish. These waterfalls and natural slides are situated along the edge of the verdant White Mountain National Forest. There are also big rock slabs for drying out after the fun. Don’t miss the popular 20-foot granite slide that thrusts you through a chute into a pool that’s seven feet deep. The Lower Falls, about 25 miles away, offers less steep options.
2. Slide Rock State Park, near Sedona, Arizona
It took Mother nature less than 8 billion years to create this natural water chute. It was once part of an irrigation system for a local apple orchard. Today it not only offers visitors a break from the heat but also provides memorable views of the rugged surrounding canyon walls. This waterslide is 80 feet in length and is lubricated by algae that cling to the crimson rocks.
3. The Tenaya Creek Waterslide, Yosemite National Park, California
The 100-foot-long granite Tenaya Creek Waterslide is not one of the advertised tourist stops here. It’s a secret of sorts and is too dangerous for children. You’ll find it about two miles off the Tioga Pass road.
You can park at the well-known “sunrise trail” and hike in from there. The best time to go is in late summer. So what’re you waiting for?
4. Sliding Rock, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
You’ll find Sliding Rock less than an hour from Asheville. It’s an exciting 60-foot natural “Slip ’N Slide” that propels people into a seven-foot-deep pool.
The slide is actually open all year long during daylight hours, but who wants to brave the cold water in the winter? It’s most popular between late May through September. Business hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. There is a $2.00 admission charge. Lifeguards are on duty.
5. White Oak Canyon, Robertson, Virginia
White Oak Canyon is located in Shenandoah National Park, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Hike the two-mail Cedar Run Trail to the five natural waterslides known as Cedar Run Falls. The first chute you encounter is good for kids. The larger slides are beyond that. You can also visit the White Oak Falls if you backtrack to the popular Cedar Run link trail. Swimming isn’t allowed there but they’re still impressive.
6. Little Backbone Creek, Near Shasta Lake, California
Shasta Lake is approximately one hour north of Redding. This reservoir includes one of the best natural waterslides in the northern part of the state. Take a kayak or boat to the creek’s mouth.
Then hike up the canyon for almost 20 minutes. At the end of the hike, you’ll find the waterslide. It’s short but fun and you should know that the minerals in the rocks could stain your swimsuit.
7. Opal Creek, Lyons, Oregon
Opal Creek is east of Salem, and about 2.5 hours out of Portland’s old-growth Willamette National Forest. It includes a smooth, 20-foot-long rock with rushing water that propels you into a blue pool. Mind you, it’s a mid-level three-mile hike on the main trail to get there, but definitely worth it. You’ll need to purchase a Northwest Forest Pass in order to enter the forested property.
8. Meadow Run, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
You can find this great 100-foot water slide in popular Ohiopyle State Park on Laurel Highlands southside. Unlike some of the water slides mentioned here, it’s not at all hidden and even has a parking lot. If you’re into hiking though, you can begin your journey at Cucumber Falls located on the main trailhead. Less than three miles later, you will find the winding sandstone slide. It can be a rough ride. Skimpy swimwear is not recommended.
9. Denny Creek, Near Marblemount, Washington
Less than an hour’s drive east of the city of Seattle, nestled in majestic Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, is Denny Creek. Here you’ll find not only natural water slides but hiking trails and a waterfall too. The slides are one mile from the actual trailhead. The slides are family-friendly and you can take in the natural beauty of striking about one mile beyond the slides too.
10. Bridal Veil (Tallulah) Falls, Tallulah, Georgia
You’ll need to get a “gorge floor pass” for this visit. They’re free but they only give out 100 passes daily. So get there early and check on the weather because if rain is expected, no one is given passes.
No pets or small children are allowed and it’s almost a three-mile hike to reach the falls. Parental supervision is required for anyone under 18. The slide consists of 30 feet of smooth rock that plunges you into a deep pool.
11. Step Falls, Newry, Maine
It’s a one-mile hike through fir and hemlock trees to reach Step Falls. You’ll also see Wight Brook. This is the well-known Nature Conservancy’s first official preserve in the state. The cascades here are short and small so while it’s not a place for hardcore thrill-seekers, riding the water’s current and dropping into the swimming hole is a fun way to spend the day.
12. Triangle Lake Rock Slide, Near Junction City, Oregon
Oregon’s western forests offer several different waterfalls and cliff-jumping spots. But don’t miss Triangle Lake, west of Eugene. It’s a well-marked spot with a parking lot and easy access to this lovely lake rock slide beneath a verdant canopy of native trees. This is also a great place for cliff diving, walking under rushing waterfalls, and relaxing in sparkling soaking pools. Some veteran visitors find this place so magical that they say you should not be surprised if you happen to see a goat-man kicking back and playing the lute.