Be Waterfall Wise
Waterfalls are part of the identity of Brevard and Transylvania County. There are more than 250 cascades scattered throughout the county, earning us the nickname “Land of Waterfalls.”
While we encourage visitors and residents alike to enjoy these natural wonders, we also want to remind everyone to Be Waterfall Wise when you are in their proximity. Every year, people are seriously injured and even die around waterfalls.
Over the past several years, the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority has worked closely with our forest and park managers and a variety of public safety organizations to raise awareness about the dangers of waterfalls by creating a campaign to promote safe practices around waterfalls. As a result, the number of injuries and fatalities has been dramatically reduced. But accidents still happen, and we’re committed to sharing our safety messaging to keep you and your loved ones safe.
If you’re planning a trip to Brevard – or anywhere near waterfalls – please familiarize yourself with these seven simple waterfall safety tips:
OBSERVE all posted signs leading to waterfall areas.
DO NOT swim or wade upstream near a waterfall.
STAY on marked trails and observation areas.
WATCH for slick rocks around waterfalls.
DO NOT jump off waterfalls or dive into pools.
WATCH your children and pets at all times.
DO NOT climb on rocks above waist height.
Follow @explorebrevardnc on Instagram and @explorebrevard on Facebook to stay abreast of current conditions and the latest waterfall advisories. You’ll also find helpful information on our waterfall safety web page, which also includes a short, educational video.