Glassmine Falls

Blue Ridge Parkway / Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA

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Glassmine Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Glassmine Falls is a thin waterfall seen right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's said to be ephemeral and we can see why even though we saw it flowing.

There's a sign by the car park for the overlook of this falls proudly proclaiming it's 800ft. Generally, we'd make a big deal out of waterfalls this tall, but given its fickle nature and how it almost blends into the scenery it's a part of, I'm only including a writeup of it since it has been given such infrastructure for easy visitation.

Regarding its height, I don't think the 800ft figure passed the eye test from our direct observations. If indeed the falls is as tall as proclaimed, it definitely wasn't all visible from the overlook. So the moral of the story here is to take height figures with a grain of salt and don't use that as your only criteria for visiting waterfalls.

Anyways, the overlook area extends towards the top of a hill, but I don't think the view is all that different up there.

Whether you see water in this waterfall or not is dependent on how soon you visit after a significant rainfall event has occurred. Wait too long, and this falls disappears and reveals only the bare rock over which it plunges. I can only speculate that perhaps the last rain event that revived this waterfall for us was three or four days prior to our visit.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Another look at Glassmine Falls and Fall colorsAnother look at Glassmine Falls and Fall colors
Glassmine Falls was right on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which was a scenic road literally atop a mountain ridge where we thought it was an ideal stretch of road to see Autumn colorsGlassmine Falls was right on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which was a scenic road literally atop a mountain ridge where we thought it was an ideal stretch of road to see Autumn colors
Of the waterfalls we saw on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Glassmine Falls was the closest one we saw to Asheville, where the Biltmore was locatedOf the waterfalls we saw on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Glassmine Falls was the closest one we saw to Asheville, where the Biltmore was located
The signThe sign

The falls starting to get smaller as we zoom out from the overlookThe falls starting to get smaller as we zoom out from the overlook

Can you spot the waterfall now?Can you spot the waterfall now?


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Zoomed in on the falls before zooming out to show its context, then panning from left to right to show the context of the valley below


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The overlook area is on the Blue Ridge Parkway by the 361.2 mile post between Asheville and Crabtree Falls. It was about 21 miles northeast of Asheville taking us around 45 minutes of driving.

As for some geographical context, Asheville was 35 miles (under an hour drive) north of Brevard, 63 miles (about 90 minutes drive) north of Greenville, South Carolina, and 130 miles (over 2 hours drive) west of Charlotte, and 247 miles (4 hours drive) west of Raleigh.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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