Smokies park officials to end cliff-jumping

According to a story in today’s Knoxville News Sentinel, officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will ban cliff-jumping at the Townsend Y, a much beloved swimming hole just inside the park near the town of Townsend.

Apparently, there have been too many close encounters of jumpers and tubers. Airborne violators will be warned and then fined.

This is too bad. Wilderness areas often have activities that are dangerous–rock-climbing, winter camping, kayaking, and you name it–but I believe that you give people an adequate warning and then let them make the choice. For many visitors, jumping off a cliff and feeling the exhiliaration of flying through the air and landing in cold, unchlorinated water, may be the best Smokies experience they will ever have.

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4 Responses to Smokies park officials to end cliff-jumping

  1. rantingdiva says:

    OMG!! I’m in that picture and so are my kids. I’m not all upset over the ban. I nearly broke my leg when I lost footing and fell off.
    Alot of people have been hurt up there. It can be scary.

  2. RaiulBaztepo says:

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  3. heather says:

    i dont like the fact that they want to end cliff jumpimg. the Y is were i first leaned to jump and now it has encouraged me to find higher jump sites.

  4. Joe Thayer says:

    If it was rock climbing or some other sport they would not ban it because more people do that. When a smaller number of people do something its easier for them to take away our right to enjoy nature.

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