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Lover's Leap Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

0.6 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 387' 118 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 1,746' 532 m
Low: 1,363' 415 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Chris Davis

An awesome short trail from Silvermine Trailhead to the top of Lover's Leap Ridge.

Chris Davis

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This trail starts at the trailhead and winds along the banks of Silvermine Creek. When you diverge from the creekbed, the trail begins climbing; soon you'll see an intersection where you can either continue straight, or go right (heading uphill).

Take the uphill section, and start your climb. You'll know you are in the right spot if you cross over a small creek on a double log bridge about 10 feet long. Continue your way up the hill; you'll be surrounded by rhododendron and towered over by huge pines.

At the top of the ridge, you'll come to the intersection of the Appalacian Trail. Turn right/straight and continue out to the overlooks at Lover's Leap. Either turn around and come back the way you came, or continue down the hill via the AT, and you'll end up at the other end of Silvermine Road (turn right after you come out of the river bottoms along the French Broad).

Flora & Fauna

Multiple varieties of woodpeckers, ferns, mushrooms, rhodies galore, and more species of tree than I can identify.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed

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Oct 1, 2019
Jacob Coats
Great trail. Good late afternoon hike or spot to watch the sun set over the French broad river and town of hot springs 1.6mi
Jul 27, 2019
The Wunrows
We started at the trailhead and continued onto a short section of the AT that met it. This created a loop back to the car. 2mi — 1h 30m
Mar 10, 2019
Mike Roedema

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Rhodies almost covering the trail
Jul 28, 2018 near Marshall, NC
Rhodies on the way down
Jul 28, 2018 near Marshall, NC
Trail Intersection not so well marked!
Jul 28, 2018 near Marshall, NC
Singletrack on Lover's Leap Trail
Jul 28, 2018 near Marshall, NC

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