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12 days ago

Such a great hike during the off season. Lots of wonderful wildlife sounds and fresh air. You’ll love it! Not too strenuous. I’ve climbed much more difficult...It’s a great day hike. Enjoy!

Steep, spots where you’ll need to scramble. Gorgeous summit views.

very nice climb, though view is boring.

great trail but make sure you are in decent shape. I made it up the mountain but needed a nap and some snacks. beautiful but challenging

Beautiful scenery and walking distance to and from Hot Springs.

hiking
25 days ago

I went on an overnight trip here a few days ago. Definitely a challenge with a 40 pond pack on due to my camping gear. I lost five pounds of fluids due to sweating. I ran out of water halfway up, and was glad I brought a survival straw. pack more water than u think you will need. Trekking poles, wool socks, and sweaters are your friend. The higher portion of the hike is very much colder than the bottom. The fir Forrest at the top is very quiet and peaceful. a neat cave and some beautiful views await. I used this hike as a training aid for Kilimanjaro trek next year and although an eagle scout, managed to learn a few things on this hike. pole pole indeed on this as well.

27 days ago

the trail is nice. if you need to exercise hike to the greybeards summit otherwise Walker's knob on the way is a lot better view than the greybeards summit.

walking
28 days ago

Awesome trail super busy lots and lots of steps and people. The view was one of the best.

Very beautiful views. Could use more signage.

Some bushwhacking but, all in all, a wonderful fall hike on a beautiful Saturday

Short but quite challenging climb with a spectacular view at the top. Well maintained trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic views! It was very hard to find the trail. We went up the opposite way as recommended to us due to recent rain. It was really tough to climb up in spots. There are ropes to use most of the way. More like climbing than hiking in places. Really fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! using Mark Swope Sr 's directions, which were spot on and easy, from parking to falls and back was only 0.4 mile. So if you're looking for a very short easy get-away, this is perfect! Colors were gorgeous and the falls we're beautiful!

Views were amazing. Challenging trail but worth it.

This hike is much longer than stated. we clocked almost 14 miles. This is difficult and very strenuous! The view is worth it, but make sure you begin early enough and bring snacks!

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure to visit Rattlesnake and walk the other trails once you’re above Montreat.

hiking
1 month ago

Lover's Leap Loop trail is a relatively short loop hike that follows the French Broad River out of downtown Hot Springs, NC. The trail goes quickly from a flat stroll along the river to a somewhat rigorous hike up the mountain, but your effort is rewarded with amazing views of the river and valley through which it passes. A number of rock outcroppings including "Lover's Leap" allow you to take in the beauty of the valley and the mountains beyond or just take a breather and rehydrate. Due to it's relatively short loop, this hike provides plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the sights if sections become rigorous.

If you don’t want to spend all day hiking this trail...you can drive to the summit and enjoy the same views. The hike wasn’t worth it after finding this little tid bit out. Also...almost got mauled by a bear.

Scrabble up the rock side on the stepped rock path to the left as you come in. Ropes are there and you’ll need them. Continue on trail for easier climb.

hard to find. horse loop trail takes you to Creek that you cross which then heads towards the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail November 1st just before cold front came through. 3 things about this trail-rocky , rooty and windy, well marked and maintained.. Need good hiking shoes at a minimum, poles optional, and bring layered clothing with wind breaker , gloves and hat a must as it gets nippy at top . Can be a challenge if not in at least average shape. Plan on 5-8 hours round trip. Well worth doing and you get the pleasure of knocking off the highest peak east of the mighty Mississippi.

hiking
1 month ago

Question: the 10 miles it says it is, is this total? or each way?

hiking
1 month ago

Tough hike up to good views. 4 mile round trip if you continue on to the Rattlesnake Mtn Summit.

1 month ago

Difficult but somewhat short. With a few brief stops we were up in half an hour. The last short bit is literally climbing over some rocks. Fun and a great view but tough on the knees! Well worth the work!

1 month ago

5 star view! Fun and challenging trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking was easy but signage was a bit lacking. We passed some others who were confused about which way to go. It was a nice hike. We love Hot Springs and will be back when we have more rime to explore other trails.

Walked the Lovers Leap Trail in late October 2018 on a cool, windy and overcast day. Parked in downtown Hot Springs and walked over the bridge to the Appalachian Trail entrance to the trail. Easy to locate just over the bridge.

I would agree with several reviewers not to use the printed map you can get in the visitors center. This map does not accurately depict the trail, it is very diagrammatic and actually hard to understand.

I studied the map on All Trails, read reviews and comments and downloaded the map to my phone. There was no cell service for me in the area so I could not use the map but actually did not need it as the trail is easy to follow. As stated, I started at the Appalachian Trail end so I think this would be backwards from the map but I think it is easier to find, especially if you park downtown. The Appalachian Trail location and markers are very easy to find. The Trail starts out following along the French Broad River which is really nice and then turns up the hill. Just follow the white blazers, the trail is fairly steep and very well marked. There are several nice viewing spots of the river and town on the uphill slog. Lovers Leap itself is close to the top, great views and there are signs for Lovers Leap Trails and separate for App Trail. Take the Y left fork following the Orange markers which are very easy to follow. This down hill trail is all under cover and not exceptional in any way, there is a split in the trail so be sure to stay left and follow the orange markers. The trail brings you down to parking area of the Silver Mine Trailhead. Walk through the small settlement (someone called it the deliverance which is actually pretty accurate) and back to the main bridge, cross back over the river into town.

This walk is not very long but good exercise with the steep uphill section. Not particularly difficult but I would not recommend for small children. The trail is narrow, steep and rocky with some steep drop offs in places. Excellent views in spots.

Added benefit is you can go take a mineral hot tub soak at the nearby resort and spa. Not that expensive and well recommended.

Fantastic view at the end of the trail.

Beautiful hike and well worth it to see the waterfall.

Began hike on the AT hiked for two hours to Pump Gap where we joined the Pump Gap Loop Trail. Hiked back to Silvermine Parking area. This was a beautiful hike. Took us a total of three hours. Highly recommend the hike. Great views of Hot Springs on the AT.

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