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.
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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