With temperatures rising and visitors flocking to the mountains, many will venture out to local waterfalls to beat the heat. It’s tempting to cool off near a waterfall. However, waterfalls can be extremely dangerous.
Just this past weekend on Saturday, a 20 year old WCU student suffered minor injuries after a tumble from Paradise Falls located below Wolf Creek Dam in Canada community. Jackson County has seen it’s share of fatalities as a result of slips around waterfalls.
The US Forest Service urges visitors to practice waterfall safety and remember the best way to enjoy a waterfall is from a safe distance. Never climb on waterfalls. Don’t jump off waterfalls and don’t swim in pools or wade in streams above waterfalls.