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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.

Have fun. Be safe.

As beautiful as our waterfalls are, they also hold hidden dangers. In 2016, six individuals died in waterfall accidents in Transylvania County and several others were injured. Transylvania County Tourism, Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Gorges State Park, Mission Health, and Transylvania County Emergency Management Services are encouraging everyone to practice waterfall safety. If you’re planning a visit, please follow the waterfall safety tips found on this page.

Additionally, we invite you to go to our Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay abreast of current conditions and the latest waterfall advisories. Contact us for waterfall safety cards and additional information. Watch our waterfall safety videos below. We encourage you to share or download them to promote waterfall safety in Western North Carolina and across the region.

Waterfall Safety PSA – Be Waterfall Wise

Consejos de Seguridad


1. Observe todas las señales que conducen a la zona de cascada.

2. Permanezca en los caminos marcados y las zonas de observación.

3. No salte de las cascadas ni se sumerja en las piscinas.

4. No trepe las rocas que sean más altas que su cintura.

5. No nade ni se sumerja río arriba cerca de una cascada.

6. Cuidado con las rocas resbaladizas alrededor de las cascadas.

7. Vigile a sus hijos/as y mascotas todo el tiempo.

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