Backpacker Magazine Appalachian Trail: Hot Springs, NC to Tanyard Gap 

Switchback 1,000 feet to poster-worthy views of Lovers Leap Rock, an aptly-named perch made famous by a suicidal Cherokee maiden.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 16 Jan 2008 9:21:26 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: North Carolina (NC)
Distance: 5.26 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2016 ft
Total Loss: 1120 ft
Net Change: 896 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Appalachian Trail, AT hikes in North Carolina, AT in Pisgah NF, Hot Springs, North Carolina, Pisgah National Forest
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

Shelters: None.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Hot Springs, NC, head west on US 25 for .3 miles and turn left on S. Surpentine Ave. Go .1 miles to trail.

End: From Hot Springs, NC, head northeast on US 25 for 2.8 miles and turn left on Lookout Mountain Rd. (unmarked). Go .2 miles to trail.

Position Format: Datum:
Tracks

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Distance: 5.26 mi Points: 114
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

WPT008

Location: 35.889702, -82.832230
S. Serpentine Ave.

WPT009

Location: 35.889233, -82.831314
AT turns W @ jct. with NC 09

WPT013

Location: 35.909618, -82.790970
AT turns E; road and woods boundary

WPT014

Location: 35.908932, -82.790337
Tiny stream crossing

WPT015

Location: 35.908268, -82.790413
Tiny stream crossing

WPT016

Location: 35.904617, -82.790283
AT turns E; gravel road; woods

WPT017

Location: 35.903316, -82.790680
AT turns W @ jct. with Gravel Road Trail; field

WPT018

Location: 35.901966, -82.790604
AT continues on gravel road

WPT019

Location: 35.901783, -82.790352
AT turns E on gravel road; trail boundary

WPT020

Location: 35.901031, -82.791252
Bench and pond

WPT021

Location: 35.895901, -82.788864
AT turns E @ jct. with yellow-blazed trail that continues straight

WPT022

Location: 35.888233, -82.796349
Yellow-blazed Pump Gap Trail

WPT023

Location: 35.887985, -82.796837
Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT024

Location: 35.884815, -82.803284
Lovers Leap Ridge

WPT025

Location: 35.884449, -82.806396
Lovers Leap Ridge

WPT026

Location: 35.885284, -82.814415
Campsite (room for 6 tents)

WPT027

Location: 35.888699, -82.817764
Blue-blazed trail to the E leads to Lovers Leap

WPT028

Location: 35.888550, -82.818069
Lovers Leap

WPT029

Location: 35.890915, -82.819099
Lovers Lane Trail (#308)

WPT030

Location: 35.890717, -82.819366
Views to W

WPT031

Location: 35.889851, -82.819504
Steep and rocky

WPT032

Location: 35.891834, -82.821419
Blue-blazed trail to the W; house

WPT033

Location: 35.893383, -82.822083
AT turns W; road and trail boundary

WPT034

Location: 35.893517, -82.822083
AT turns E; stairs; E end of bridge

WPT035

Location: 35.893700, -82.824432
W end of bridge

WPT036

Location: 35.893265, -82.826118
Railroad

WPT037

Location: 35.891315, -82.830254
Sunny Bank Inn

ZZZ016

Location: 35.889465, -82.832550
Parking; kiosk

ZZZ017

Location: 35.910034, -82.791031
Tanyard Gap; US 25 overpass

IMG_3053

Location: 35.890968, -82.821220

IMG_3040

Location: 35.888802, -82.819748

IMG_3042

Location: 35.889450, -82.820847

IMG_3078

Location: 35.893700, -82.824051

IMG_3091

Location: 35.892399, -82.828049

IMG_3070

Location: 35.892735, -82.821548

IMG_2991

Location: 35.901085, -82.791183

IMG_3086

Location: 35.893051, -82.826736

IMG_2923

Location: 35.884518, -82.811699

IMG_3075

Location: 35.906998, -82.790520

IMG_3093

Location: 35.891998, -82.828964


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