Man, 54, dies while hiking in Pisgah National Forest

Blue Ridge Parkway (Photo: WLOS)

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A 54-year-old man has died while hiking in western North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest.

The Asheville Citizen Times reports that Robert James Frye, died July 5.

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Frye was hiking with a friend on the border of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests and a few miles below the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney said it appeared that Frye “had some medical issues and died of natural causes.”

Frye was from Campobello, South Carolina.

The Pisgah and Nantahala national forests are said to be two of the busiest in the country. They draw about 5 million visitors a year.