About Glassmine Falls
Glassmine Falls is a thin waterfall seen right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, which made it very convenient to experience.
Despite its decent flow when we witnessed it in mid-October, it’s said to be an ephemeral waterfall (i.e. it doesn’t last long) so we considered ourselves lucky for being able to see it.
There’s a sign by the pullout nearest to 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.
The overlook area extends towards the top of a hill, but I don’t think the view is all that different from up there.
Whether you see water in Glassmine Falls or not is dependent on how soon you visit after a significant rainfall event has occurred.
Wait too long, and this falls disappears while revealing only the bare rock over which it plunges.
I can only speculate that perhaps the last rain event that revived this waterfall was three or four days prior to our visit.
Glassmine Falls resides in the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is administered by the National Park Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
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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