No, I wasn’t feeling lonely or depressed last Friday… I just had a few moments to kill on my way to a meeting south of town. I figured it’d be worth a stop to take a few photographs of Lover’s Leap in the Bluff Park area of Hoover, Alabama.
To find it, first head to Tip Top Grill (see photo above) along Shades Crest in the Bluff Park area of Hoover.
- The poetic lines inscribed on the boulder below is a replica of those carved in 1827 by Thomas W Farrar. Thomas W. Farrar was the Founder and first Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Alabama 1821-22-24. This historical site donated to the public by Jonas W. Schwab in 1935. The work was done and fence provided by Thomas W. Martin and George B. Ward.
To the left of the sign is a stacked-stone series of steps leading down to the area. As you work your way down the steps, you’ll see a wroght-iron fence proteting the area with the etched poem. I didn’t get the text written down and it wasn’t easily photographed, sorry.
Here’s a 360 (well, close) degree view of the area at the bottom of the stairs.
I thought it’d be fun to see what a bird sitting in the trees would see if they were looking back at the fenced-off area. Here’s the picture:
It’s possible to climb down below the drop. No, repelling is explicitly not allowed. I didn’t have time to properly explore, but here’s a picture of what I did see. If I were only a bit more adventurous (and didn’t have to work for a living) I’d find out what that ledge was all about.