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Lewis Spring Falls Trail

MODERATE 245 reviews
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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.

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
26 days 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
1 month 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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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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rocky
2 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
2 months ago

nice trail.

hiking
2 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
3 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 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
4 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
5 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

a lovely hike, the falls looks like something out of a fairytale. my friends and i also took the little side trail to black rock on the way back up which was absolutely stunning. we saw a black bear cub in the last mile and a deer ran across the trail in front of us just a little ways further.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Nice morning hike to the falls did it clockwise glad I went that direction.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Hiked it as an out and back going counterclockwise. A great way to hike it, only bummer was the downed timber that made it impossible to finish the loop as intended

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail with some beautiful views.

hiking
6 months ago

The falls are really cool, has a nice little sitting Area under some trees at the top of the falls. The hike up is a little steep but still really fun.

hiking
6 months ago

Great workout with pretty falls along the way.

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rocky
6 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

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bugs
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

Great family day spend walking this beutifull site I think it will be a bit much for small children unless you take manny brakes, I took my 17 year old with a friend, my 10 year old daughter and my 12 year old niece, they all enjoy the hike very much and the waterfall view was amazing I will do it again.

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