Nancy Sampson a 61-year-old Lady; Died After Falling From Glassmine Falls Overlook

Last Updated on September 25, 2023, 2:06 pm

According to a National Park Service press release, a 61-year-old woman, Nancy Sampson, died on the afternoon of September 23 after plunging from a cliff on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville.

Nancy Sampson Died
Nancy Sampson (Image via Facebook)

According to a press statement, Nancy Sampson of Greer, South Carolina, passed away due to injuries sustained in a fall at the Glassmine Falls Overlook, Milepost 361.

Reems Creek Fire Department announced her death news through a Facebook post and wrote in the statement;

“Firefighters from Reems Creek responded to a fatal cliff fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dispatch informed personnel that a hiker had fallen near Glass Mine Falls at 12 p.m. Crews could locate the hiker, who had passed away from their injuries after rappelling more than 100 feet down. Mama 2, Reynolds Rescue, Reems Creek, Blue Ridge Parkway, Mount Mitchell State Park, and Mama 2 arrived on the scene.”

Thoughts and Condolences to her family and community in this trying time; no further details regarding the lady have not been released on social media.

How the Incident Happened?

Around 12 p.m., Nancy Sampson, who was visiting the park from Greer, South Carolina, was involved in an accident. Park officials stated that Saturday, September 23, near milepost 361, the site is located about 130 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Dispatch operators received a report about a woman who had fallen down a cliff at Glassmine Falls Overlook; as soon as NPS law enforcement rangers arrived, they determined Sampson had passed away.

Sampson was found by rescuers about 150 feet below the overlook, according to the statement. First responders from the Reems Creek Fire Department found her dead with help from Mount Mitchell State Park rangers and a volunteer with the Trauma Intervention Program of Western North Carolina.

The Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is three miles to the north of Glassmine Falls Overlook, while Mount Mitchell State Park’s entrance is six miles to the south.

There were no other details available right away. The parkway, which extends 469 miles from its beginning in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to Asheville and Cherokee’s Great Smoky Mountains entry, arcs along some of the tallest peaks in the Eastern United States; with approximately 15.7 million visits in 2022, it is the National Park Service unit that receives the most tourists.

According to parkway spokesperson Leesa Brandon, Sampson’s death marks the sixth fatality on the parkway this year. She claimed that 13 people died on the parkway in 2022. According to Brandon, there have never been any fatalities, significant injuries, or falls at the Glassmine Falls Overlook.


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