ASHEVILLE, NC – A horrifying incident took place over the weekend in North Carolina as a hiker lost her life after falling 150 feet from a waterfall overlook on the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. The accident occurred near Glassmine Falls, according to a statement from the Reems Creek Fire Department.
The victim, identified as 61-year-old Nancy Sampson of Greer, South Carolina, fell around noon on Saturday. Despite the swift response from the fire department, who rappelled down the steep cliff to reach her, Sampson had already succumbed to her injuries by the time they arrived.
A family member of Sampson, who was out of state at the time of the incident, was present at the scene. The Trauma Intervention Program of Western North Carolina reported that the individual was visibly distressed and received assistance from volunteers. The volunteer’s efforts were praised as they provided emotional support and helped the family member navigate the difficult situation.
The overlook where the incident occurred is situated near Mount Mitchell State Park and offers a view of Glassmine Falls. The National Park Service (NPS) describes the waterfall as a “tall, skinny waterfall,” which can be challenging to spot from the overlook. The visibility of the waterfall is also dependent on the weather, as it only flows after periods of rain and can dry up during drier weather.
The circumstances leading to Sampson’s fatal fall remain unclear. The NPS and local authorities are conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident. Further details will be released as the investigation progresses.