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Lover’s Leap Professional Review and Guide
"Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and beside the French Broad River, the quaint town of Hot Springs anchors the Lover’s Leap hike. Th e route follows the renowned Appalachian Trail (AT) beside the river and then presents a strenuous climb to Lover’s Leap overlook. Th is rocky outcropping provides views of Hot Springs, the serpentine French Broad, and the distant ridgeline of the North Carolina–Tennessee border. Past Lover’s Leap, the trail travels along the ridgeline before intersecting Pump Gap Trail. Th e route then follows Pump Gap Trail and weaves through the remnants of an old silver mining operation on its way back to the trailhead."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Five-Star Trails: Asheville (Menasha Ridge Press).
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