The Deadliest Waterfall In North Carolina Should Be Approached With Caution

Officials in North Carolina began to formally track waterfall deaths in the state in 2015; however, waterfall-related deaths have occurred for much longer than the last six years. It’s estimated that waterfall deaths in the last 25 years exceed 50, as tourists and locals alike fall or tumble to their death at various waterfalls throughout the state.

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People do, however, wade into the more shallow areas found on the waterfall’s long tail at the base of the falls. If you visit, bring a picnic and use extra caution to avoid the top of the waterfall and to avoid swimming or using a flotation device near the plunge pool at the base of the falls.

Have you visited Elk River Falls before? Ever see anyone up on top of the rock at the top of the waterfall? Join the discussion in our comments!

Address: Elk River Rd, Elk Park, NC 28622, USA