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Excellent and challenging trail

One review we read classified this trail as moderate. When we stopped to seek directions from a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mike B
Conroe, Texas
Difficult but great

Hiked this loop of 3.6 miles. Views are fantastic but the 500 foot elevation climb on switch back... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Bonnie M
Horse Shoe, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One review we read classified this trail as moderate. When we stopped to seek directions from a local outfitting store and the clerk questioned that rating. Once we arrived at the trail head there was a description of the trail posted on a bulletin board...More

2  Thank Mike B
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Hiked this loop of 3.6 miles. Views are fantastic but the 500 foot elevation climb on switch back is a work out. Took our time and enjoyed every minute. Gives you a chance to hike on the Appalachian Trail for a bit!

1  Thank Bonnie M
Reviewed 30 July 2018

A little steep but wroth the hike. Great view of the French Broad River and Hot Springs. Take your time if you need to. Good apatite builder before lunch near town.

1  Thank grantzedward1
Reviewed 28 July 2018

This was a reasonably strenuous hike and the view was just ok. If you are not in great shape, this would be a little much.

Thank siefke6
Reviewed 22 July 2018

This trail is less than two miles. You start at the bridge and then travel alongside the French Broad River before ascending to the top of a hill with great views of the river and Hot Springs.

Thank brotherroy
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I hiked up this at 7am in June as part of a 20.2 mile day with a pack at 28lbs. As an avid hiker it was an enjoyable climb and the great view! I went in July from the NOC parking lot along the AT...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were spending a few days in Asheville but wanted to see some trails so we scoped out Lovers Leap. Read some reviews (not on TA) that gave confusing instructions but the parking and hike are pretty simple. Park at the NOC...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 23 December 2017

Lovers Leap Loop trail is a fairly easy hike. The trail starts out mostly flat and follows the French Broad River. The trail climbs through a series of switch backs. The ground is a bit rough so proper footwear is a very good idea and...More

1  Thank jiedne
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We started the trail on the river side and came back down via the Silvermine trail. We didn't know it in advance, but we completed the steepest portion on the way up. And we were glad that we did it in that direction. The trail...More

1  Thank Susan T
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Perfect length for younger kids, though I was a little nervous with the drop offs. They should put some rails up along some of the trail.

Thank Diane M
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