Person dies at Rainbow Falls in Gorges State Park

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting that a person is dead following an accident at Rainbow Falls in Gorges State Park yesterday evening. The waterfall is off Whitewater Road on the Horsepasture River in Transylvania County.

The incident was reported at 6 p.m., a Transylvania County emergency dispatcher said this morning. No information on the identity of the victim has been released. reports that the person fell 150 feet off of the falls and onto rocks.

The U.S. Forest Service is heading the investigation into the accident.

The death is the second in a little more than a week at a Western North Carolina waterfall. A 41-year-old Wake County man who was on vacation died at Elk River Falls in Avery County on May 29.

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1 comment

Anonymous said...

I took a group of hikers aged 10 through 75 to Chimney Tops on Saturday, and we were wondering if there had been any serious injuries at the rocky bluff on top. I admit I was worried about my 10-year-old getting up and down the rocks at the top. One bad step could be disastrous and I imagine there have been many. Anyone know of any stats on this?