Floating in the pool is fun, but sometimes you have to kick it up a notch and go for a tricked-out water slide. Whether you’re a waterpark daredevil or more of a lazy river type, you can appreciate these off-the-wall water slides. Click through the slideshow below to see our favorite extreme water rides across the country. Who knows—you just might find your next splash-worthy vacation destination.

Sliding Rock, Pisgah National Forest

While the slope is gentle compared to manmade water parks, this 60-foot natural rock slide is Mother Nature's own way of telling us to have fun. The water is super cold, but with the summer heat beating down, it might be a wonderful reprieve. Especially when folk find themselves plunging right into a 6 to 7 foot deep pool at the end.

Pisgah National Forest, Nc
Online: visitnc.com/listing/sliding-rock

photo: Caleb Cangelosi


What’s your favorite water slide? Share your picks with us below!

—Sommy Rhee with Christal Yuen and Susie Foresman

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