Jump Off Rock Laurel Park Reviews
Cliff Notes Aug 27, 2015
Jump Off Rock presents a scenic overview of the Blue Ridge and Pisgah Mountains. The legend associated with the precipice is that a Cherokee maiden leapt from the top after learning her betrothed warrior had been killed in battle. If you dare, check this place out on a moonlit night and you may see her ghostly image wandering the rim!
Reaching Jump Off Rock is a bit curvy, but so long as you keep to the Laurel Highway you will eventually dead end at a pleasant little park area. I was surprised the cliff was just beyond the never ending stretch of deluxe houses built on the western side of Hendersonville (expected it to be a bit more remote). The view is lovely, but there are no facilities here or much anything else.
A sign itemizes three color coded trails, but offers no map. I skirted the perimeter and identified two trail heads (Blue + Red), both of which I hiked. The Red Trail was a twenty minute walk in the woods offering no views and the Blue Trail was a very short jaunt which did nicely sweep around the face of Jump Off Rock. I will share there is no sheer drop from the face of the cliff, so that maiden must have taken a helluva running start to get airborne!
After serious research I concluded the missing Yellow Trail forks off the Red Trail about a third of the way down (I did recall seeing a split in the trail, and it may well have been marked, but I was not anticipating the possibility and ignorance was miss). A nice diversion if you have a few spare minutes...but nothing to go out of your way for.
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