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Lewis Spring Falls Trail

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Shenandoah National Park

Lewis Spring Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Stanley, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 816 feet Route Type: Loop

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Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park at milepost 51.2 in the Big Meadows area. Look for the amphitheater where below, you will find a trail post for Lewis Spring Falls.

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rocky
14 hours ago

We went counter clockwise on the loop, which I recommend. The way down to the falls is more rocky and narrow which would make a more challenging return. Our family of 6 (4 kids under age 13) plus our dog enjoyed the great views along the way and appreciated the shade. We did the hike on Sunday morning and saw only a few other hikers. We finished the hike and had a picnic near the amphitheater parking lot.

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rocky
6 days ago

Nice hike. Beautiful view of the mountains and the falls. When you get to the falls, make sure you keep walking to the observation deck. Otherwise, you won’t get to see the full view of the falls. Some pretty steep switchbacks after the falls on the second part of the loop. Otherwise, a hike worth completing.

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rocky
6 days ago

This was a great trail. It got a little rocky but wasn’t too bad.

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fee
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike for the exercise!

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muddy
rocky
scramble
23 days ago

Great hike for exercise. No summit with a view except for the turn of the top of the waterfall.

hiking
29 days ago

Keep going, don’t give up. The waterfalls were farther than we thought. We saw a momma bear and two cubs so be aware.

Very rocky with steep decline near the falls if going clockwise. Not too busy on the trail even on a busy Sunday in the park.

Went clockwise around this loop. Brought our dog (60lb GSP) who did fine. Fun hike with a nice mix of trail. It says 2.8 mile but we clocked 3.8 miles - not sure what the difference was although we did do a few steps on the AT. When you get to the fire road go down the hill, not straight! Falls were very cool and was fun to go across the water to get to the view area. Not sure if better clockwise or counter clockwise. Saw family with little kids so not that difficult I suppose but there were some harder parts that I’m not sure how those parents did that easily!

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icy
5 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

Good hike but I fudged it up. Took Lewis Falls trail and not then loop intended. Next time when I come back, go right (South) on the AT and will be on the right path. Still a good day. Not too Cold. Falls were nice and still got on the AT for a few miles!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail even in rain and fog. Much easier done counterclockwise as many fewer large rocks to climb over. The falls were not spectacular despite the heavy rain

9 months ago

Falls just a trickle. Would have been a better view in the spring or after a rain.

hiking
9 months ago

Not an overwhelming hike but worth doing. I concur that hike is lacking a major payoff, but hiking for payoff is like eating caviar for protein, so go for it anyhow.

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bugs
rocky
9 months ago

Nice and shady, but very rocky. Busy is the area near the falls so it was hard to get a good view of the falls.

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rocky
9 months ago

nice trail.

hiking
9 months ago

It wasnt terrible. The views on the way to the fall are really nice. But the waterfall itself was sort of a let down.

hiking
10 months ago

Not a strenuous hike, but more work than needed for such a low payoff. The best part of the hike was actually a little rock outcropping framed by trees about. 4 miles from the trailhead.

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rocky
scramble
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked today with my family of 5. Hiked clockwise from the Big Meadows lodge. Turned back when we saw a bear about half way.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice, shaded little hike. I hiked it clockwise, but would probably recommend counterclockwise, as others have said. Great overlook on the AT close to the trailhead at the beginning (or end, if you do it counterclockwise) of the trail.

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rocky
Sat Jul 06 2019

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muddy
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rocky
Tue Jun 25 2019

Hiked Lewis Falls the day after heavy rain and the falls were in full flow. Make sure once you reach the falls you go up the side path, cross the water and take the short path to the viewing area of the bottoms of the falls. 1 1/2 hour hike with good chance of seeing the odd bear crossing that trail!

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