Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jump Off Rock

Spectacular, panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and Pisgah Mountain range and is a favorite site for beautiful, romantic sunsets.  Legend says that over 300 years ago a young Cherokee Indian Chief fell in love with a fair Indian maiden. They often met on top of the rock ledge (at Jump Off Rock) overlooking the valley below. When the young Chief was called to war, the maiden promised him that she would wait for his return from they favorite rock ledge. When the maiden received word that her young Indian Chief had been killed in battle, she climbed to the edge of the rock and jumped off, tribal hunters found her broken body below. Indian legend has it that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock.

Located about 5 miles from downtown Hendersonville, Jump Off Rock is at the end of Laurel Park Highway in the Town of Laurel Park.   

Three hiking trails:

  • Blue Trail - easy trail, takes about 8 minutes

  • Yellow Trail - moderate trail, takes around 15 minutes

  • Red Trail - is the most difficult and the longest

Direction from Downtown Hendersonville:  Take Fifth Avenue West which becomes Laurel Park Highway in Laurel Park.  Follow Laurel Park Highway until it dead ends at Jump Off Rock. The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset.  No admission charge.

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