The Mountain Laurel
The Journal of Mountain Life

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By Susan M. Thigpen © 1983-2012

Issue: April, 1983

John “Mac” Lewis tells that his grandfather (also named John) once lived in a cabin at Lover’s Leap many years ago. One morning he woke up thinking his wife was giving him a little “sugar” only to open his eyes to find a bear licking him in the face.

Another story we were told by John Cassell took place on the steep side of Lover’s Leap. We weren’t told the name of the person but John says a farmer there once fell out of his cornfield and broke his leg.

The name Lover’s Leap may have come from sources other than the obvious. Both of these stories definitely have a lot to do with “leaps!”