A man died after falling at South Mountains State Park in Burke County on Friday, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.
Ryan Yount, 25, of Hickory, died at about 4:45 p.m. Friday after slipping at the top of High Shoals Waterfall, park ranger Lance Huss told Observer news partner WBTV reported.
At least four other people have died at the falls since 1993.
In 2011, a 17-year-old from Shelby died after slipping and going over the falls. In 2005, a 20-year-old woman from Charlotte fell to her death while trying to take a photograph. In 2014, a 17-year-old from Kings Mountain was seriously injured after climbing over the fence at the top of the waterfall and falling more than 60 feet.
Hikers access the falls by taking the High Shoals Falls Loop Trail for a mile from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail is strenuous, according to the park’s website, and continues up steep steps and crosses the Jacob Fork River again above the waterfall.
Signs along the trail warn hikers of the dangers. “Warning! Area contains hazards associated with rocks, steep slopes, and cliffs. Injury or death possible. Stay on marked trail,” one sign said.
Staying on the designated trail keeps people safe, park officials said.
South Mountains State Park is about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte in the Connolly Springs area.