Be Waterfall Wise
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. Be Waterfall Wise was created 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.
People die every year at waterfalls. Don’t become one of them.
all posted signs leading to waterfall areas.
swim or wade upstream near a waterfall.
for slick rocks around waterfalls.
jump off waterfalls or dive into pools.
climb on rocks above waist height.
your children and pets at all times.
on marked trails and observation areas.
“It’s important to remember that a breathtaking moment near a waterfall can make you forget that waterfalls can be deadly.”
Many waterfalls are located in remote and often rugged terrain, which leads to longer response times for rescue personnel who sometimes put themselves in harm’s way for the rescue effort. We encourage everyone to share our waterfall safety video and posters so that visitors to our waterfalls may have a safe and enjoyable experience.
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