ROARING GAP, N.C. — A 16-year-old Boy Scout died after he fell from the summit of a mountain at Stone Mountain State Park on Saturday.
Christopher Overcash was hiking with scouts based out of Kannapolis when he fell about noon Saturday, a State Park spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said Overcash was off the hiking trail on the dome when he fell.
The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.
WXII’s Stephanie Berzinski said it’s about a two-mile hike to the summit along a popular trail that has warning signs posted along the way.
Tim Tron, who was hiking on the same trail Saturday, told Berzinski: “It was a sickening feeling to know that the people you just saw were there having fun, being alive and healthy, and the next thing you know it’s a tragedy. I mean, it’s a beautiful place, and it can also be a dangerous place in the same breath, you know?”
Stone Mountain is bounded on the north by the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the west by the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands. It encompasses about 14,100 acres in Wilkes and Alleghany counties.