Jump Off Rock is a scenic overlook which provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. Jump Off Rock also holds an Indian legend that has been passed down for many, many years. Over 300 years ago a young Cherokee Indian Chief fell in love with a fair Indian maiden. They often met on top of the rock ledge overlooking the valley below. When the young Chief was called to war, the maiden promised him that she would wait for his return from their favorite rock ledge. When the maiden received word that her young Indian Chief had been killed in battle, she climbed to the edge of the rock and jumped off, tribal hunters found her broken body below. Indian legend has it that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock.
Jump Off Rock offers spectacular scenic mountain views and photographic opportunities during all four seasons of the year.
There are three hiking trials at Jump Off Rock, varying in length and difficulty.
- Blue Trail - easy trail, takes about 8 minutes
- Yellow Trail - moderate trail, takes around 15 minutes
- Red Trail - is the most difficult and the longest
Jump Off is located about 5 miles from downtown at the end of Laurel Park Hwy in the Town of Laurel Park. Directions from downtown Hendersonville take Fifth Avenue West, it becomes Laurel Park Highway, the road dead ends at Jump Off Rock. The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. No admission charge.