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Nice trail to go when camping at Bug Meadows. I tried from Blackrock to AT then loop.
Coming up to Lewis Spring trail is not easy. I recommend to do it counter-clockwise from Blackrock
There is no real 'fall' veiw but it's still nice view.

Beautiful well-maintained trails. Saw two turtles and a flock of turkeys. Very quiet. Some trails were not open so could not see the whole thing. I would suggest fall/winter being the best time to go to avoid bugs

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail along the creek. Difficult if you want to run it because of roots. Well worth it. But not marked real well.(blaze)

on Hidden Pond

walking
2 months ago

Went around the loop with my dog, yellow to green to blue. Closer to the Nature Center the paths are obvious, but once you get down into it they can get really overgrown and indistinguishable from the rest of the woods, and it's easy to wind up off the trail as you're trying to find it. This becomes most problematic around the Green path, where there are signs noting a Deer Management Archery Program in progress from Sept 8, 2018 - Feb 23, 2019 with a note to stay on established trails. Otherwise, all the cover was nice and the river is lovely, but make sure to bring plenty of bug spray. The paths are really slick when wet.

We actually did this trail unintentionally! My husband and I had our five boys with us (aged 12-3.5), and also my mother. We were planning to just do the shorter out and back trails that are rated “easy,” but decided to keep going. Because we weren’t planning to do the whole loop I hadn’t read to do it counterclockwise. We did it clockwise and honestly I think I prefer doing the rockiest parts going uphill. We are all novice hikers and only had on athletic shoes and had very little trouble. Took us about 3 hours and the youngest boys made it almost to the very end before we had to carry them some. It was a lot of fun with a nice cardio push going uphill at the end, and some really beautiful views and flowers.

Great trail with kids and dog. I would rate this closer to moderate than hard. Definitely do this counterclockwise like other reviewers have said! And definitely take the small detour down to the observation point. Much better views of the falls. Really nice starter trail for the family before trying longer ones. Just the perfect length.

Hiked this trail as part of a training session for an upcoming long distance backpacking hike. I walked the loop as depicted. About 6.8 miles if you believe my GPS. Definitely not Easy. I would rate it as moderate. Very few level stretches and about 90 percent up or down in the first 80 percent of the trail. Definitely need bug spray in mid August. Parallels a nice stream for about a mile or so in the second half. Lots of trees. Bet it would be very pretty in the Fall. Bring lots of water.

hiking
3 months ago

Lewis Falls trail is a loop and we did the full loop, but if you don’t think you are up for a steep climb then head to the falls by starting out to the left from Black Rock and then return the same way. It will keep this trail at a moderate level for you because the steeper elevation climb is on the other half of the trail. We did the whole loop at went up the steepest part (not down...last time I trust a tip from some guy in the parking lot). There wasn’t anything magnificent to see on that steep side so if you decide to double back to make the trail easier you won’t be missing anything exciting. When you are at Lewis Falls you will see hikers at the upper falls to your right, but do yourself a favor and go left. There is a trail marker near the water. Cross over and there is a very short trail that will take you down to an observation point for the lower falls. It’s worth the few minutes it takes to see a different view of the falls.

Hiked in late February. Nice trail wide enough for a car to drive on thru a marsh/wooded area. The great part of this trail is all the different kind of birds to see on the trail...osprey, hawks, vultures, bald eagles, cranes, ducks, etc. A half mile of the trail is following the shore of the Potomac River, which is so wide at this point it looks like a lake (only disappointing part to distract from the nice river view is the amount of trash that's washed on the shoreline). Overall, a peaceful, easy walk on a temperate, late winter day...

hiking
3 months ago

I don't know if there's been a recent rockslide since the people who claimed this was only a "moderate" trail, but there were parts that didn't even look like a trail anymore when we went today. We also went counter clockwise and glad for that choice as the worst parts were definitely on the northern tract. Good cardio workout on the climb back up, wouldn't push it if you're not in somewhat good shape

3 months ago

Hiked Lewis Falls counterclockwise yesterday! Weather was amazing and the recent rains made the stream higher. The view of the falls was not that great but getting there and hiking back was a lot of fun.

Hiked last weekend 7/21/18 and it was a good hike! We did it counter clock wise and I’m glad we didn’t have to go up the rocky trail. Lots of rocky paths, make sure to wear good shoes. We went and it was a little foggy at the beginning. It’s really a beautiful hike though!

Did this hike a few weeks ago in May during a heat wave. The trail was mostly shaded so it wasn’t horrible in the heat and humidity. This is a pretty steep trail but not horribly long. The view point is a little off the beaten path and was a little obstructed by trees but gorgeous nonetheless.

hiking
4 months ago

I came here to walk my dog and was pleasantly surprised how far away from the outside world you feel with being in the middle of the bustling Woodbridge area. In late January, there were still some leaves on the trees and the temperature was low 50s that day, so it felt like a beautiful autumn hike. I've gone three times since and there haven't been more than a couple people on the trail each time. Hidden gem of a hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked 7/8/18, perfect weather, 65 degrees at the start. Only saw 4 groups on the way in. I also recommend hiking this loop counterclockwise. The AT portion is smooth and very nice. The Lewis Spring Trail is very rocky. The trail was mostly dry. Apparently not a popular spot, I’m guessing because there is no real place to get in the water .

Definitely more moderate than difficult, but beautiful trail with a waterfall about 1/2 way thru.
First trail at Shenandoah, excited to explore more in the future.

Terrible ticks & flies in the summer, not much shade, and awful amount of debris on trail near the shoreline. This may be better in the cooler months, or for birders, but not for me!

Beautiful hike, lots of rock-hopping. Wear shoes with good ankle support! I slipped and busted my knee and ankle on a loose rock.

We did this hike on a hot Monday morning in early July. We did the loop in the counterclockwise direction. The downhill portion is pretty steep and rocky. It goes through the woods. In the winter I would imagine you could get some decent views, but in the summer with the leaf coverage it was hard to see much.

At the bottom is the waterfall. Nice waterfall with a nice viewing area. It is good for looking at, not good if you are looking for a swimming hole.

The hike back up via the AT isn't too bad. It is all uphill but not too steep.

I would rank it as moderate and not hard. It took us 2 hours round trip which included about 20 minutes of viewing the falls.

walking
4 months ago

Lots of cover in the summer. Great pond for spotting turtles, birds and fish. Nice little nature center.

I did this in late May as the closing end of a 15 mile backpacking day. It was beautiful and fun on the downhill but, gosh, that uphill kicked my butt! Of course, I was dog tired by the time I reached this trail. It would have been fine were I fresher at the time. Saw a bear.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great 2 hour hike. I will say that it is moderate ...not really "difficult". There were some slippery spots but pretty easy going otherwise.

A great hike through a beautifully wooded area that is also rich in history. Highly recommend!

Rocks can get slippery, lots of underground springs that could keep parts of the trail wet. Beautiful views at lookout at the falls. You have to cross the river on rocks to get to the little stone overlook. This part was the hardest with dogs.

Great hike! Not as many overlooks as some trails in the valley, and I would consider it a moderate hike compared to some of the others as well.

Took us 1 & a half hours. It was moderately difficult. There were some steeper rocky areas and if no matter which way you go on it you will be going up a fairly steep climb at some point but if you are used to hiking it’s nothing bad. I saw a lot of people say it took them 3+ hours so I guess it depends on your pace.

Very easy and level hike with 100% on unpaved roads. I modified the route slightly. From the parking area I took Fox Rd to Deephole Rd to Charlie Rd back to parking. Lots of wildlife. Great long walk along shore of bay.

hiking
Friday, November 03, 2017

Ok trail. Almost all through woods with about .75 miles on paved roads. Good scenery. Moderate up and downs. Is actually composed of the joining of several other trails. Worth the effort.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Awesome view at the waterfall.

hiking
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Started the trail at big meadows parking lot by the amphitheater. We started on the downward slope and ended with the uphill portion. Very rocky trail. A moderate level trail. Had some good views. Waterfall isn't the greatest but still nice to see. When you get to the waterfall sitting area there's another little path that takes you to a dead end and you can see the waterfall much better than the higher overlook spot. We stopped and looked at black mountain overlook and and definitely worth the 0.1 detour! Saw a black bear along the trail! Took us about 2.5 to 3 hours to finish the loop.

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