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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.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 816 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Walking Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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Getting There

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

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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John S
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Jason Auxer
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Trail is Rocky, but the views are worth it.

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Ashley-Morgan Gillette
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The way back was a lot nicer! But the dog and I finished it in great time :) definitely rocky- but there were dogs and other people on the trail the entire time so it was quite busy.. but it’s also RIGHT NEXT to the camp site and sitting areas! But well worth it and got some great pictures

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Ed Herman
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Carly Fenstermacher
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Rocky in some areas and decent incline. Nice outlook view from the top of the falls.

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Derik Swanson
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HikingMuddyRocky

Took this hike from our Big Meadows campsite. Very convenient and easy to get to the trail. Not sure the mileage is correct if you go left, some signage was conflicting. Enjoyed the hike but not much of a view/payoff at the waterfall. Can only see a small part. We did the full loop clockwise and the hike back was challenging and very rocky.

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James long
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trail is definitely much longer than listed (measured it @ 4.2 miles. small overlook , view is now obscured a lot by vegetation. nice falls...trail very rocky with some steep climbs. if you're in shape no problem.

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Amanda Fleig
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Malorie User
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I would rate this trail more moderate to hard. The trail length itself is actually about 4 miles - not the 2.3 that’s listed. We went with our 9 month old puppy and she went through it fine, although she was exhausted by the end of the trail (which is what we wanted!). We went counterclockwise as per another reviewers suggestion - it was a steady decline until the last 3/4 of a mile and it was an intense climb back up. The views were very pretty and we saw a small part of the water fall. Be aware, there are a lot of deer on this trail, and another hiker we ran into at the beginning of the trail warned there were some bears, so take caution!

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Maya C. Evans
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Loved this trail! A great hike, the elevation changes and rocks made it more difficult but very fun! The waterfall is worth the hike, it is amazing!

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Adam Krauss
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trail to take a larger dog as the rockiness means there are areas where they will need to leap 2-3ft

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Jennifer Hooff
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HikingRocky

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

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Jerald Burns
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Dilpreet Singh
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Hiking

Nice hike for the exercise!

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Theo Trailblazer
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

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

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

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Hannah Hennessey Lambert
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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.

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Jim Groves
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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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Paul Davis
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