Lover's Leap Loop TR 308

This trail follows the river a short distance and climbs Lover's Leap Ridge. It offers panoramic views of the French Broad River and the town of Hot Springs. Combine Lover's Leap Trail and the Appalachian Trail to form a short hike along the French Broad River and its steep rocky ridge.

Total Length: 1.6 miles

Total Elevation Change: 500 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Difficult

Beginning Point: Silvermine Trailhead

Ending Point: Silvermine Trailhead

Average Hiking Time: 1 hour (one way)

Amount of Use: Heavy

Blaze Colors: Lover's Leap Trail: Orange Rectangle & Appalachian Trail: White Rectangle

Area Trail Map: Harmon Den/Hot Springs Trail Map

USGS Quad Map: Hot Springs


At a Glance

Usage: Heavy

General Information


From Burnsville, travel west on US 19E and merge onto I-26E. Take exit 11 toward Mars Hill/Marshall. Turn left onto NC 213/Carl Eller Road, which leads to Marshall. Take the US 25 Bypass/US 70 ramp, merging onto US 25/US 70 heading toward Hot Springs. Eventually, turn left to continue on US 25/US 70. Immediately before crossing the French Broad River turn left onto SR 1304. Turn left at the first intersection and follow signs to the Silvermine trailhead parking area.


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