Hiker dies after falling down 75-foot waterfall in North Carolina

A trail head at Big Bradley Falls cautions hikers, saying that seven people have fallen to their death off side paths at the site since 2000, a local newspaper reports.
Image: A hiker died after plunging down a 75-foot waterfall in North Carolina.
A hiker died after plunging down a 75-foot waterfall in North Carolina.Henderson County Rescue

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By Ben Kesslen

A hiker died over the weekend after slipping off the top of a notoriously dangerous 75-foot-high waterfall in North Carolina, authorities said.

Aaron Post, 28, of South Carolina, fell Saturday, the Polk County emergency management director and fire marshal, Bobby Arledge, told NBC News.

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Post was with a group, and periodic rain on Saturday made the rocks extra slick, The Citizen-Times of Asheville reported.

Henderson County Rescue Service, joined by multiple other rescue crews, was called to extract the hiker from the bottom of the waterfall, the agency said in a Facebook post.

Rescue workers used a helicopter to get Post out of the “rugged” area and take him to an ambulance for transport to a hospital.

Arledge said Post remained conscious for a while after the fall, but died later Saturday night from his injuries.

Big Bradley Falls, which is in western North Carolina about 35 miles south of Asheville, is a risky place to hike, with steep inclines and slippery terrain, according to the site NC Waterfalls.

A trail head at the falls cautions hikers, saying that seven people have fallen to their death off side paths at the site since 2000, according to the Citizen-Times.