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A 20-year-old college student died on Saturday after falling about 100 feet off a cliff at Arkansas' Ozark National Forest during a class activity, PEOPLE confirms.

Andrea Norton, 20, was killed when she accidentally fell from Hawksbill Crag, a popular hiking destination, reports the Sioux City Journal.

"Norton was apparently moving from one are of the [Hawksbill] Crag to another when she lost her footing and fell approximately one hundred feet", authorities said in a statement.

Norton was visiting the rock formation while on a hiking trip with her college friends, according to her obituary.

She attended Briar Cliff University, a Catholic liberal arts school, on volleyball and symphony choir scholarships, Tamera said.

More than 60 people responded to the scene, and it took nearly five hours to recover her body.

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BCU called her an "exemplary student" and "dedicated athlete" who made an impact on the school community.

Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said the area where Norton died is one of Arkansas' most-photographed hiking areas. "She lived BCU's values in everything she did from the classroom to the court and everywhere she went", the university said.

Speaking to how risky the area is known to be, Wheeler told ABC news, "One stumble or misstep is all it can take to turn a great day into a tragic one". Her ashes will be scattered at different places and a memorial will be set up at Briar Cliff University, her obituary says. "I want everyone to enjoy our county, but use extreme caution and respect how risky these places can be".

Wheeler said he's in contact with Norton's family.

Black Hills Juniors Volleyball Club, a team Norton played with in the past, posted a tribute on Facebook, saying, "She was a vibrant young lady with an infectious smile that will be missed by many".

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