Sometimes you don’t have to build it, and they will still come. That certainly holds true for these naturally occurring waterslides. These are so cool you might want to plan your next Global Discovery Vacations destination around them.
Slide Rock State Park – Arizona
Next time you’re visiting Sedona, Slide Rock State Park is just seven miles north and you can fill a whole day with this all-natural amusement park. The park’s main draw is a natural waterslide formed from red sandstone that cascades into a cooling swimming hole. The park is also home to great hiking, picnicking, swimming, fishing and annual events including the upcoming Fall Fest on October 3.
Franconia Falls – New Hampshire
Plan a Global Discovery Vacations trip to Lincoln, NH and you can visit Franconia Falls, just outside of town. The falls can be found at the end of a unique three-mile hike – a hike popular with families due to its flatness, with no more than 300 ft. of elevation gain. This also means the falls can be easily accessed year-round by foot, mountain bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski.
Summer is the optimal time to enjoy the Falls’ multiple natural waterslides and pools for swimming, especially the largest slide which stretches 20 feet and drops you into a five-feet deep pool.
Sliding Rock – North Carolina
It might require a day trip, but for nature and adventure enthusiasts, Sliding Rock is well worth it. One of the tallest of the best, this slide is 60 feet and delivers swimmers into an 8-foot pool. The slide is located in Pisgah National Forest outside Brevard, NC. In addition to, or instead of, Sliding Rock, head 40 miles south to Nantahala National Forest’s Turtleback Falls where another waterslide waits to push you over a slick granite dome off a 20-foot ledge into a swimming hole.
If you love waterslides, skip the line of kids at the water park and enjoy the ride the way nature intended.
Have you ever visited a natural waterslide? Tell us about your favorites.