One of the most photographed areas of Patrick County! Basically there is 100's of local stories about how this place got its name. Lovers Leap. Just think of the name and you can come up with a story on your own. Being curious, I went back and searched and found the original story provided in much of the area tourism guides and publications. It provides a gorgeous backdrop for stunning photos and besides Mabry Mill, it is also one of the most photographed spots in Patrick County. On any give day you will see dozens of vehicles parked along the highway trying to see as far as their eyes will let them.
Below is what is believed to be the true story on how this place got its name. (Information From Patrick County VA Tourism Office)
Lover's Leap is one of several spectacular views along your journey through Patrick County. In the 1600's, the Indians inhabited the Blue Ridge Mountains. White settlers started arriving and began clearing land to farm. Conflict arose between the Indians and the settlers. Legend has it that the son of a settler saw the twinkle in the eyes of the Chief's daughter, Morning Flower, and was immediately love-struck. The couple began to meet secretly and their love continued to grow. The young man and Indian maiden were threatened and shunned. With the beautiful rock and wildflowers as their backdrop, they jumped into the wild blue yonder ensuring they would be together forever. As you gaze out at Lover's Leap, you can still see the evidence of their love in the beautiful view and hear them whisper in the cool evening breezes.