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State Park Officials Stress Hiker Safety After Boy Scout Dies In Weekend Fall

Mark Rumsey

State Park officials continue to investigate the weekend death of 16-year old Boy Scout Chris Overcash at North Carolina's Stone Mountain State Park in Wilkes County.  The teenager fell to his death from near the summit of the 600-foot granite mound during a Scout outing on Saturday.   Park officials say Overcash had ventured about 100 yards off the designated trail.  

About 14 million people visit North Carolina's 41 state parks each year.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey talked about hiker safety with Charlie Peek, spokesman for the state Division of Parks and Recreation.