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Appalachian Trail: Lovers Leap Loop

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.

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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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