Although the pool at the base of the Abrams Falls may look inviting, resist the urge to jump in for a swim or climb on the slippery rocks. The volume of water rushing over the cliff at Abrams Falls creates extremely strong currents and dangerous undertows. In 2006, a strong swimmer that was swimming close to the base of the falls was pulled under by the undertow and his body never resurfaced. Recently, Backpacker Magazine listed the Abrams Falls Trail as one of the ten most dangerous hikes in America. The article indicated that a combination of people drowning, lightning strikes, extreme weather, and the altitude changes as the reason for the #9 ranking. Since 1971, there have been a total of 29 deaths on this trail that were water-related.
Cades Cove, United States
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