"This short, sometimes steep hike leads to Lovers Leap, which provides outstanding views of the French Broad River and the town of Hot Springs, North Carolina. There is a 500-foot drop from Lovers Leap to the river below.
The rock’s name is said to date back to a Native American maiden who threw herself from the cliff after learning her lover had been killed by a jealous beau. The hike begins in the town of Hot Springs, where the A.T. passes through town on a sidewalk alongside the main street. There is a 1,000-foot change in elevation from the town to the overlook, making this a difficult, though short, hike." Read more
"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." Read more
"Enjoy a hike to a cliﬀ top and a river view, starting at the trail town of Hot Springs, an oﬃcially designated Appalachian Trail Community. First, hike up a small mountain stream to a gap and the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Trace the A.T. along Lovers Leap Ridge above the French Broad River." Read more
"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.
This 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." Read more