Glassmine Falls

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA

About Glassmine Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2012-10-19
Date last visited: 2012-10-19

Waterfall Latitude: 35.73508
Waterfall Longitude: -82.34023

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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.

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 was three or four days prior to our visit.

Glassmine_Falls_001_20121019 - The sign
Glassmine_Falls_016_20121019 - The falls starting to get smaller as we zoom out from the overlook
Glassmine_Falls_017_20121019 - Can you spot the waterfall now?


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.

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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