UPDATE: Cartersville woman dies after falling from rock face on Yonah Mountain

White County Emergency Services responded to a call that a female hiker fell from the rock face formation of Yonah Mountain at 10:27 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13. Firefighters from Helen and Lee Arrendale, along with Georgia DNR officers, assisted in recovering the woman's body.

A 46-year-old mother from Cartersville died Tuesday when she fell more than 300 feet from the side of Yonah Mountain in White County. Jennifer Randel was hiking with her husband and young son when she fell from the mountain’s rock face. She died instantly, according to Deputy White County Coroner Josh Barrett.

Jennifer Randel, 46 of Cartersville, fell over 300 feet to her death from Yonah Mountain on October 13, 2020. (photo by White County Public Safety Dept.)

Officials say the family was familiar with the area, as they had hiked there several times before. “This is one of those tragic accidents that can occur while hiking in the trail areas of our county,” says White County Public Safety Director David Murphy.

Multiple EMS and fire personnel used a rope system on treacherous terrain to recover Randel’s body. The entire operation took five hours to complete.

The White County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the incident.

Yonah Mountain, more commonly referred to as Mount Yonah, is located five miles northeast of Cleveland and is a popular tourist destination in Northeast Georgia. Three people have died in falls off the rock face in the past 15 years.

The coroner’s office has updated the spelling of the victim’s last name. This article has been updated to reflect that correction.

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