Zachary Joseph Jones, 23, of Charleston died Saturday after falling 80 feet while hiking with his friends in an area known as Sky Falls in the far western part of North Carolina.
Sky Falls Photo By: South Carolina Jack
The accident happened Saturday at the remote Transylvania County waterfall near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.
According to news reports Jones died after hitting the rocks higher up and landing at the base of the falls. It was the third death this summer at Western North Carolina waterfall.
Cedar's Take: Sky Falls is not an easy place to get to unless someone has taken you there or showed you the way in via some private property. In North Carolina's western most mountains its not wise to trespass. The falls are located on Rock Creek which feeds into the Toxaway River and Lake Jocassee.
The falls are amazing but since the place is surrounded by private property you either get permission, risk being shot or take the long way in which would be via the Foothills Trail nearly a ten mile hike.
More photos of Sky Falls by SC Jack are here about 1/2 way down the page.