16-year-old dies after falling from steep ledge in New York’s Zoar Valley

A sixteen-year-old girl died on Saturday after falling from a steep ledge at Zoar Valley in western New York.

The New York Police arrived at the scene after receiving several SOS calls reporting that a female had fallen off a ledge.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office said that the teenager suffered fatal injuries from the fall.

The department warns visitors to stay on marked trails due to “hazards associated with rocks, steep slopes, cliffs and swift water.”

Zoar Valley is known for its “spectacular scenery created by its deep gorge, sheer cliffs, flowing waterfalls, and dense forests,” according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

The area is popular with the public for hiking, hunting, fishing and whitewater rafting, according to the department. Camping is not permitted as the area is closed between sunset and sunrise.