Lover's Leap, or (in plural) Lovers' Leap, is a toponym given to a number of locations of varying height, usually isolated, with the risk of a fatal fall and the possibility of a deliberate jump. Legends of romantic tragedy are often associated with a Lovers' Leap.
List of locationsEdit
- In the United States
- Bluff Park, Hoover, Alabama
- Lovers Leap, DeSoto Caverns, Childersburg, Alabama
- Lovers' Leap, Tombigbee River Mile 96, Jackson, Alabama
- Noccalula Falls Park, Gadsden, Alabama
- Lovers Leap, Green Forest, Arkansas
- Lovers' Leap, Greenwood, Arkansas
- Lovers Leap, Knights Ferry, California, alongside California Highway 120
- Lovers' Leap, Lake Tahoe, California
- Quincy, California, off Buck's Lake Road
- Vail, Colorado, name of a run on Blue Sky Basin
- Lovers' Leap Bridge and State Park, New Milford, Connecticut
- Lover's Leap, Yonah Mountain, Georgia
- Rock City, a roadside attraction in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
- Two Lover's Point (Puntan dos Amantes) in Tumon, Guam
- Lover’s Leap Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Illinois
- Starved Rock State Park, Illinois
- Lover's Leap, Carrsville, Kentucky
- Lovers' Leap, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, Kentucky
- Lovers' Leap Park, Bangor, Maine
- Cumberland Narrows, Maryland
- Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Massachusetts
- Lovers Leap, Hannibal, Missouri
- Lover's Leap, The Palisades, Weehawken, New Jersey
- Philmont Scout Ranch, outside Cimarron, New Mexico
- Blowing Rock, North Carolina
- Lover's Leap, located along Oklahoma State Highway 10 and the Illinois River in Tahlequah, Oklahoma
- Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania
- Lovers' Leap, in Cameron Park, Waco, Texas
- Lover's Leap, in Washington County, Utah 
- Lovers' Leap in Patrick County, Virginia, about 10 miles (16 km) west of Stuart on U.S. Highway 58
- Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, Virginia
- Lovers' Leap, Turn Point, Stuart Island, Washington
- Maiden Rock, Wisconsin
- Fonte dos Amores, Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
- Elora Gorge, Elora, Ontario, Canada
- La piedra feliz, Valparaíso, Chile
- Đulin Ponor, Ogulin, Croatia
- Green Valley View aka Suicide Point, Kodaikanal, India
- Lovers' Leap Rock, Dargle Valley, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
- Lovers' Leap, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
- Lovers Leap, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
- Lovers' Rock (la Peña de los Enamorados), Antequera, Andalusia, Spain
- Lovers' Leap, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
- Lovers' Leap, Blaise castle estate, Bristol, England, United Kingdom
- Lovers' Leap, Dovedale, Peak District, England, United Kingdom
The Lovers' Leap at Hawks Nest State Park in the town of Ansted, West Virginia, along the historic Midland Trail, has a drop of 585 feet (178 m) from a high cliff overlooking the New River Gorge. The promontory was named "Lovers' Leap" by settlers, and has acquired a legend involving two young Native Americans from different tribes.
Blowing Rock Mountain, outside Blowing Rock, North Carolina, has a similar legend of a young lover leaping from the cliff and instead of plunging to his death, is saved. In this version the lover is saved by the blowing wind which sends him back into the arms of his sweetheart.
Wills Mountain has a Lovers' Leap overlooking Cumberland Narrows on the west side of Cumberland, Maryland. It is 1,652 feet (504 m) above sea level and made up of oddly squared projections of rock from its top all the way down to the National Road (U.S. Route 40) below. The city of Cumberland and the surrounding states of Pennsylvania and West Virginia may be seen from this point.
Mark Twain in Life on the Mississippi writes: "There are fifty Lover's Leaps along the Mississippi from whose summit disappointed Indian girls have jumped." Princess Winona is one such legend, in which the daughter of a Dakota chief leaps to her death rather than marry a suitor she does not love. Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, is one site for the Winona legend, though other locations include Winona Falls in Pennsylvania, Camden County, Missouri and Cameron Park in Waco, Texas.
Dovedale in the Peak District in the United Kingdom has a limestone promontory named Lovers' Leap reached by a set of steps built by Italian prisoners of war captured in World War II. The local legend is that a young woman believed her lover had been killed in the Napoleonic wars, so she threw herself off the top of the promontory. Later, her family found out that her lover was alive and well.
The south coast of Jamaica at Saint Elizabeth Parish has a Lovers' Leap 1,700 feet (520 m) above the Caribbean Sea. Lovers' Leap is named after two slave lovers from the 18th century, Mizzy and Tunkey. According to legend, their master, Chardley, liked Mizzy; so, in a bid to have her for himself, he arranged for her lover, Tunkey, to be sold to another estate. Mizzy and Tunkey fled to avoid being separated but were eventually chased to the edge of a large steep cliff. Rather than face being caught and separated, the lovers embraced and jumped over the cliff. The story was used as the basis for a romantic novel.
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- Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, Penguin Books, New York, 1961 p. 283
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- Porter, Cynthya (Feb 1, 2009). "Homecoming to Explore Roles of American Indian Women". Winona Daily News reprinted at Diversity Foundation. Retrieved 21 Oct 2015.
- "National Trust – Ilam Park – Dovedale". www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- Lover's Leap: Based on the Jamaican Legend, Horane Smith, Minerva Press (June 1, 1999), ISBN 0-7541-0589-X