LIST OF WATERFALL & SWIMMING HOLE DEATHS
The purpose of this page to encourage folks to understand the dangers and risks of visiting waterfalls and swimming holes throughout New England. A certain level of risk is assumed whenever you visit wild and natural places like waterfalls and swimming holes, and so I encourage all travelers to spend time reading everything on this page. You should understand the typical causes of injury and death, and the frequency of incidents at specific waterfalls. One of the ideas here is to learn from the mistakes and misfortunes experienced by others.
Despite the dangers that are often present, I still feel strongly that waterfalls and swimming holes should always remain OPEN to the public. People should be allowed to make their own risk-assessments. If you think about it, hundreds of thousands of people visit waterfalls and swimming holes each year without incident. and closing down such special places in the spirit of ultra-conservatism would be a true shame. With all natural areas, public benefit should always be weighed against public risk. It is obviously a tragedy whenever a fatality occurs at a waterfall or swimming hole, but we must always remember the pure joy and sense of adventure that these places will safely bring to thousands of others in the future.
I am a supporter of banning alcohol (and enforcing that rule) at the most popular swimming hole sites, especially those that offer cliff-jumping. Cliff-jumping and alcohol just don't mix well, for obvious reasons. Alcohol also tends to attract a specific crowd, and that can lead to problems-not only with injuries and accidents, but also with trash and broken glass being left behind.
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LIST OF WATERFALL/SWIMMING HOLE DEATHS
Here is a list of all known waterfall and swimming hole-related fatalities in New England. If you know of any other such deaths, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can add them to this list. My goal is to try to keep this list as complete and up-to-date as possible.
TOP 5 MOST DANGEROUS WATERFALLS IN NEW ENGLAND
Here are the five most dangerous waterfalls in New England. The danger potential at these five waterfalls is very high, especially during moderate or high water level conditions.
MOST COMMON CAUSES OF DEATH
There are several ways people run into trouble at waterfalls and swimming holes. You should be aware of all of these to ensure your own safety:
Pets are also at risk at waterfalls and swimming holes. I always recommend having pets on leash at all times at these places. Several pets have died in New England waterfalls and swimming holes over the years.
There is also a risk of slipping and falling on your hike to a waterfall or swimming hole. Always watch your footing, and consider avoiding hiking after the leaves drop in the fall (fallen leaves can be extraordinarly slippery and they can mask other dangers on the ground).
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|Waterfalls, swimming holes, and hiking can be extremely dangerous. Hundreds of people have been injured or killed in the waterfalls and swimming holes of New England over the years. Never swim in strong water currents. Don't jump into a swimming hole without scouting it first. Do not climb up or along the side of waterfalls. Be weary of slippery rocks. Never swim in pools above waterfalls. Use of this website and all of its information is at your own risk! Newenglandwaterfalls.com and the authors of the New England Waterfalls guidebook will not be held liable for your actions. Be safe out there - and always use common sense!|