My Birmingham List: #17 Moss Rock Preserve and #18 Lover’s Leap

In looking up things to do around Birmingham I discovered that there is a place right down the street from me called Moss Rock Preserve. I called up Natalie and we decided to go on a Sunday afternoon. It was an amazing place! There were huge boulders to climb, hiking trails and even a waterfall. I could have stayed all day!

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We took the long way home and ended up passing a historical marker on the side of one of the mountains in Birmingham (that has a breathtaking view). I am not one to pass up reading a historical marker, especially when it’s on the side of a cliff, so I insisted Natalie turn around and take me back. It turned out to be a Lover’s Leap. From what I’ve read (on Wikipedia), Lover’s Leap is “a toponym given to a number of locations of varying height, usually isolated, with the risk of a fatal fall and the possibility of a deliberate jump. Legends of romantic tragedy are often associated with a Lovers’ Leap.” The Lover’s Leap in Bluff Park has a replica of the first four lines of Lord Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” that were inscribed into a rock in 1827 by Colonel Thomas W. Farrar.

To sit on the rocks, to muse o’er flood and fell

To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene

Where things that own not man’s dominion dwell

And mortal foot hath ne’er or rarely been.

Another story associated with Lover’s Leap is “an Indian brave, supposedly grown weary of the attentions of an Indian princess, took her to the high crest where he stabbed her with a bone knife. Suddenly stricken with remorse, he gathered her in his arms and leaped off the bluff.” –From www.bluffparkal.org

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My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lover’s Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan