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Appalachian Trail: Lovers Leap Loop

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Distance: 10.9 miles


Sample a classic stretch of the Appalachian Trail on this 11.5-mile route around a 1,000-foot gorge, with overlooks and eye-candy vistas of the Smokies.
  • Rich Mountain Fire Tower
  • Lovers' Leap view
  • French Broad rapids

TO TRAILHEAD: US 19/US 23 N to Weaverville then US 25/US 70 W to Hot Springs, NC. Turn L onto River Rd., then L again onto Silvermine Rd. Pass under bridge and park in lot @ Nantahala Outdoor Center French Broad Outpost.

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Jason
Jan 20, 2014

I completed this 2 weeks ago as a 1 nighter backpacking trip with my brother. I usually hammock it but it was getting down in the single digits, so we took my tent instead. I loved the hike and would rate it moderate to strenuous at some points but not horrible. The only thing I did not like was that there were not many places to stop and camp with a tent. We hiked further than we wanted to the first day just to try to find a flatter spot. I would recommend this hike though. There is a pretty cool camping store downtown you should visit while you are there. They did recommend a better parking spot in a public parking area in town. not too much further to hike.

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