The Lover’s Leap Trail is named after two lovers, a Shawnee and a Cherokee, who, legend has it, leapt into the gorge and to their death when their tribal differences would not permit them to marry. The trail is a .4 mile moderate difficulty trail that follows the rim of the gorge offering many spectacular views. The trail is accessible from the Visitor Center, the Tunnel Hill Trail, and the Gorge Ridge Trail. From the Visitor Center until the first overlook near the Tunnel Hill Trail access, the trail is paved and handicap accessible. Beyond the Tunnel Hill Trail, this trail features numerous switchbacks and stairs which earn it the moderate difficulty rating.