Lovers Leap Loop Trail

Hot Springs, North Carolina

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The whole loop is a treat to hike with different features offered at every turn, but this first section might be the most enjoyable for dogs. Lined in shady maples, oaks, river birches, sourwoods, and tulip poplars, the trail runs right along the French Broad River. The view of the river is so pretty you might forget to watch your footing, but the trail is rocky and uneven in places. The walking gets more difficult and strenuous, so be sure your dog is a nimble, energetic hiker before starting out.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

The whole loop is a treat to hike with different features offered at every turn, but this first section might be the most enjoyable for dogs. Lined in shady maples, oaks, river birches, sourwoods, and tulip poplars, the trail runs right along the French Broad River.

The view of the river is so pretty you might forget to watch your footing, but the trail is rocky and uneven in places. The walking gets more difficult and strenuous, so be sure your dog is a nimble, energetic hiker before starting out.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hot Springs
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: 510 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: 1,810 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Hot Springs; U.S. Forest Service Harmon Den and Hot Springs Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Lovers Leap Loop Trail

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