Hiker Dies on Waterfall in Smoky Mountains

A 37-year-old man fell to his death Sunday in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park rangers received a report Sunday that a man had fallen from the top of the 100-foot-tall Ramsey Cascades waterfall late that afternoon, according to the press release. The man, who was hiking alone, was observed climbing across the top of the waterfall before he fell.

Park rangers immediately responded to the scene and determined the man, who had fallen approximately 80 feet, had died. Rangers recovered his body on Monday.

A view of Ramsey Cascades

Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the Park, according to the Ramsey Cascades page of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website. Water drops 100 feet over rock outcroppings and collects in a small pool there.

“Do not attempt to climb to the top of the falls,” the website stresses in bold. “Several people have been killed trying to do so.”
[Local News Story]

Sign on trail near Ramsey Cascades.

 

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