The loop starts at Silvermine trailhead parking area. The easiest route is to walk down the access road leading to the parking area at Nantahala Outdoor Center, cross Silvermine Creek at the bridge and follow the Appalachian Trail (white blazes) along the French Broad River. After approximately .5 mile, the trail climbs steeply through several switchbacks to Lover's Leap Ridge, a rock outcrop with numerous overlooks. From here the Appalachian Trail continues north to Mill Ridge. To complete Lover's Leap Loop, take the Lover's Leap Trail to the left (orange blazes) and descend through the forest back to Silvermine trailhead parking.
Directions: From Hot Springs, NC, Travel east on US 25 / 70 across the French Broad River bridge. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left onto SR 1304. Turn left at the first intersection and follow the signs to the Silvermine trailhead parking area.
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Distance: 1.6 miles
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