NEW: Woman who died after falling from North Georgia mountain ID’d

Mt. Yonah presides over Yonah Mountain Vineyards near Cleveland, Georgia. Photo by Cindy Foster.

The Cartersville woman died instantly after the fall

A Cartersville wife and mother has been identified as the person who died after falling from Yonah Mountain on Tuesday.

Jennifer Randall was hiking with her husband and young son Tuesday morning when she fell more than 300 feet from the side of the Yonah Mountain Trailhead, White County Assistant Coroner Josh Barrett told Now Habersham. The popular Helen-area site is often visited for hiking and sightseeing this time of year.

The 46-year-old had hiked the area several times, officials said.

“This is one of those tragic accidents that can occur while hiking in the trail areas of our county,” White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said.

In the last 15 years, according to the reports, three people have died in falls off the rock face of Yonah Mountain or Mount Yonah, as it often is called.

In September 2019, a 55-year-old man fell from a rock face on Yonah Mountain but survived. The man lost his footing while rappelling on the rock face and fell about 100 feet onto the mountain’s first plateau, White County Fire Department spokeswoman Anna Newberry told at the time.

That 3 ½-hour rescue is one of many White County authorities have had to do on Yonah Mountain, Newberry said last year.

“We had to be careful, because the more you moved him, the more pain you caused him,” she said. “We’ve had many people fall off there, and it’s scary.”

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