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What draws so many people to Zoar Valley?

Zoar Valley has claimed six lives in the last 15 years, most recently that of Conor J. Long, 20, a Town of Boston resident who fell to his death in the gorge Sunday. If you've never been there, you might wonder: What is it about this gorge that keeps drawing people, in spite of how dangerous it seems to be?

News Chief Photographer Derek Gee went to the gorge Monday to film it via drone, highlighting both the gorge's spectacular natural beauty and the steep, stark nature of its walls. See for yourself:

A Department of Environmental Conservation spokesperson estimated Monday that about 12,000 people visited the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area in 2016.

Despite the potential for harm and the occasional need for rescue, Zoar Valley isn't an inherently dangerous place, said Paul M. Gannon, chair of the Adirondack Mountain Club's Niagara Frontier Chapter.

"People need to exercise caution," said Gannon, who was speaking in general about the risks posed by Zoar Valley's terrain and not Sunday's incident.

— Aaron Besecker contributed to this report

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