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Great hike! Killer switchbacks but so worth it with views at top.

hiking
10 hours ago

Starts hard, gets easier as you ascend. Water is pretty regularly found so no worries for pets. Good afternoon hike, beautiful views and not very busy on a Saturday

Great workout, lots of fun places to explore on this rock. Lots of traffic but get there early. Found my own personal lookout spot and even a cave

This was a rather easy hike. especially if you go left first, it makes the trail easier. but this one was one of the most rewarding hikes i have ever been on! the most beautiful scenes at the top, and this was not too hard of a trail. a MUST!

hiking
1 day ago

The hike has an easy option walking along the river, which is short but beautiful. Gorgeous views and a fun walk.

hiking
1 day ago

Such incredible views! Absolutely worth climbing the altitude. It’s pretty quick for a fit hiker but gosh you can spend the entire day at each overlook you pass. Loved it.

I live up here and this is my favorite hike to take especially when fall hits.

I disagree with a few of the comments here. This hike is very easy, but enjoyable if you want to get a quick workout in while visiting Hot Springs. It took me about an hour to complete with my dog. The only challenge with this hike is the unmarked trails. The part of Lover’s Leap on the AT is clearly marked with white blazes, but the rest of the trail is not marked. Bring a map and a compass and you’ll be fine.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail is challenging and invigorating. The view up top is absolutely amazing. My favorite time to go is during the Fall peak season, it is visually stunning.

Amazing views, first half of the hike was rough for us. Cross the river three times in lower section. If there is heavy rain, expect to get wet.

I didn’t find this too strenuous even in the heat - I’d mark this “moderate.” Good view at the top with a nice breeze.

Great trail. Spectacular view.

good hike and mostly uphill

Great trail, view is amazing, but a little too short for my taste.

Easy for first time hikers as well as experienced. just make sure you have water prior as water is quarter mile away if you dont want to walk. but worth it!!!

Love love loved it! Last hike we did before we leave for home. Glad we waited to do it last. Was not difficult at all.

4 days ago

Good, rocky hike. Some nice resting spots with beautiful views

Challenging, steep hike with very little compensation until the end, which makes everything worth it

Awesome trail, little traffic and awesome views at the top.

This is such a unique hike! You get good views of Lake James early on and they don’t stop as you reach the top and beyond. Lots of ledges to look out on and plenty of great camping spots along the way and at the top. Not a big time commitment either - Really loved this hike.

Best view you will see in North Carolina!! Relatively easy hike with a huge payoff. Highly recommended.

This trail has a lot of steps.

I did this hike today and it was very nice. The view is so beautiful at the end! The hike isn’t too strenuous and I would rate it moderate to hard at the very end. Be careful with yellow jackets (there was a nest), I got stung and ended up with a severe allergic reaction and a rescue team had to come get me. So if you’re allergic, take your pen/meds with you!

hiking
7 days ago

Absolutely fabulous hike! Not really difficult, but can be a little muddy and slippery at parts. I highly suggest going all the way to the turtleback waterfall. Also, try going on the rocks (dry ones) that are a little bit off-path to get really good shots. We were warned about copperheads, but did not encounter any.

Really great hike. Good trail for beginners as there are not many difficult parts to it, but one is still rewarded with breathtaking views. I suggest going around noon or in the afternoon as in the morning the views are a little limited.

hiking
7 days ago

Love this trail probably one of my favorites

Wonderful views. Can't wait to go back. Go early to beat some of the crowd!!

The end of the trail at the peak of the mountain makes the hike completely worth it! It's a gorgeous 360° view.

hiking
8 days ago

Best hiking trail on the parkway with the best views! It is very convenient and it is located right off of the Parkway! This trail is very unique compared to other hiking trails in the area! If you are planning a hiking trip, this is a must do!

Very beautiful and fun place to swim, but also very crowded with lots of families. Short and easy hike, I would not rate it as moderate.

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