The best way to beat the summer heat is to cool off with a splash, and nothing quite delivers like a great waterslide. The obvious option is to head to a fabulous water park, or else you can find something more special and under the radar. Across the country, these are summer's standout slides, from natural rock slides to a man-made water jump that's sure to wow your kids.
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Royal Flush: Waco, TX
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Sliding Rock: Brevard, NC
For a refreshing ride down this 60-foot natural rock waterslide, head to Looking Glass Creek in western North Carolina's Pisgah Forest. You'll be swept along with the rush of the creek and land in an eight-foot-deep pool of water. Expect long lines on a hot summer weekend.
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Meadow Run: Ohiopyle, PA
In Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park, not far from Frank Lloyd Wright's masterful Fallingwater, the must-stop on a hot summer's day is Meadow Run Natural Waterslide, a long, fast chute that curls and drops before depositing you in the Youghiogheny River.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Bridal Veil Falls: Tallulah Falls, GA
In northeastern Georgia's Tallulah Gorge State Park, the sprawling falls at the end of the gorge delivers a steady drop down a 30-foot turtleback rock face that finishes with a 17-foot drop into a crystalline pool.
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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve: Pinson, AL
Less than a half hour's drive northeast from Birmingham, leafy Turkey Creek Nature Preserve offers miles of hiking trails and a crystalline spring that feeds a super-fun natural waterslide. On a hot summer's day, expect to find many local families cooling off here.