The rocky outcropping known as Lover's Leap is on Wills Mountain on the northeast side of the Cumberland Narrows. Lover's leap is 1,652 feet (504 m) above sea level and made up of oddly squared projectories of rock, from its top, all the way down to the National Highway (Alternate U.S. 40) below.
The name comes from a Native American Romeo-and-Juliet legend which tells how a jilted lover met his end by jumping off this ledge.
Inventor Frederick John Bahr bought Wills Mountain and built his log cabin on top. Lover's leap has been frequently romanticized by postcard pictures of this valley. The most famous post-card photos were taken by George Steward in 1950 and published in the 1953 book, U.S. 40. Also, it is known that the air currents whipping up and around are so strong that a climber cannot be heard from the top once over the lip, nor easily seen due to the projected rock angles.
Today, these rocks high above Wills Creek provide one of the most breathtaking views in the Allegheny Mountains, with Cumberland, the highway, and two railroads nearby below and the surrounding states of Pennsylvania and West Virginia in the distance.