overlook at milepost 361.2

10.10.23 ~ view of Glassmine Falls
Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah Region, North Carolina

On our way back to our hotel in the charming little town of Black Mountain we retraced our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This overlook was especially beautiful. We saw some fall colors but they hadn’t come to a peak yet.

The waterfall (below) was dry on this day but apparently after a good rain a narrow stream of water falls 200 feet over the cliff. That dark hole at the base is an old mica mine. Mica is sometimes called isinglass and miners called it glass for short, which is why it was called a glassmine.

Glassmine Falls
valley on the other side of the overlook
path back to parking lot, elevation 5,200 feet

The clouds were always on the move, casting dramatic shadows over the peaks and valleys and changing the lighting moment to moment. It was a nice way to end a most wonderful day.

16 thoughts on “overlook at milepost 361.2”

    1. You’re welcome, Ren. My parents and sister and I traveled the parkway in the late 1960s when I was a child. It’s just as beautiful now as I remember it!

    1. From your pictures of Lake Tahoe I can imagine how beautiful the Sierras are, too. Now I find myself missing the mountains we saw on our trip to Norway… sigh…

  1. What a gorgeous part of the country you’ve decided to relocate to, Barbara! Those mountains and vistas are exceptional. I think I might have visited in that area, but it’s been too many years for me to recall details. Thanks for sharing your scenery!

    1. You’re welcome, Debbie! The Blue Ridge Mountains are actually a three-hour drive away, west of our new home here, but close enough for a 3-day weekend trip. And the Atlantic Ocean is about the same distance to the east of us so there might a trip there sometime in my future.

  2. Very beautiful pictures Barbara – the scenery is breathtaking and it looks like you were lucky and didn’t have any rain or bad weather on your trip. And at Glassmine Falls you saw the change of leaf colors too. Looks like you got to breathe in the fresh air while up in the mountains taking in the sights. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Linda. There was some color roadside along the parkway but there was no place to pull over and take pictures where the trees were nice and close to the road. It was a wonderful change of scenery and a great change of pace for us; we were indeed very lucky! 🙂

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