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This was a great time. We modified it a bit and started from the visitor center at the fueling area and actually passed the campground and stayed on the AT until the split for Lewis Falls. Those falls were a little less climatic then the others, but a high view. The Lewis falls trail requires some scrambling and we saw some folks that were in deeper then their physical ability. This falls trails are rated moderate, but closer to hard. The climb up is steep and a bit tiresome after 8 miles or so. All in all a nice workout with great things to see. I recommend counterclockwise from the Big Meadows waypoint and return. You can cut the AT back to big meadows and skip the Lewis Falls trail and it will help you avoid cutting through the campground. We will do this again. About 6hr and 10 miles with our frolicking.

This was a great time. We modified it a bit and started from the visitor center and actually passed the campground and stayed on the AT until the split for Lewis Falls. Those falls were a little less climatic then the others, but a high view. The Lewis falls trail requires some scrambling and we saw some folks that were in deeper then their skills. This falls trails are rated moderate, but closer to hard. All in all a nice workout with great things to see. I recommend counterclockwise from the Big Meadows waypoint and return. You can cut the AT back to big meadows and skip the Lewis Falls trail and it will help you avoid cutting through the campground. We will do this again. About 6hr and 10 miles with our frolicking.

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
11 days ago

Took 3 days with my brother and our two 7-year olds. really awesome hike with dispersed camping. plenty of water for the kids to play in.

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rocky
23 days 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!

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
24 days ago

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

Great trail for an afternoon hike. Elevations are a little difficult so be prepared for that. Lots to see; beautiful waterfalls. Make sure to wear hiking shoes or boots because the trails are muddy and slightly slippery. Areas where there's a lot of loose little rocks. Overall really happy with the hike.

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rocky
scramble
1 month 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

Very nice trail with some beautiful views.

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.

Great workout with pretty falls along the way.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
2 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.

This was a nice hike. Not too long. Falls ending was really cool (make sure you cross the stream and make it to the guardrail portion!). The hike back up to the road was pretty strenuous but fairly easy to keep a slow and steady pace without any problems. Just be prepared for the return once you get started.

Super easy trail of you go counterclockwise, hiking past blackhorn. Out and back

Nice hike with a good payoff at the end. Our three year old was able to do most of the hike herself, so it's not too tough.

Overall very nice hike along river mostly. Plenty of good places to camp along river on eastern part of hike. Waterfalls were great. Lewis spring was suspect as a water source.

We followed this exactly on a chilly morning in March. The trail is great, A nice long downward segment, following the river, with it's complex of falls. Then a steady uphill climb through the trees, following, part of the way, another creek. Then (back across Skyline drive), a terrific patch of the Appalachian Trail. About four-fifths of the way along, you pass through (or around) a big campground. There are a zillion ways you could go through it, but the best way will likely depend on the time of year. In March, it's empty.

Parked at Fishers Gap and completed Rose River & Dark Hollow Falls. Skipped Lewis Spring Falls as I'd done it before, and hiked the AT to Blackrock in order to add in a view. Well worth skipping Lewis Falls as the views of the fog blanket over the valley would've been missed othwise. My tracking app clocked the total route at 8.5 miles

Great three falls hike. Completed this counter clockwise in early December. The drop and ascent to Lewis Falls will quickly get you heart rate up. Once you hit the trail head at Dark Hollow you will have over two miles of continuous cascades. At the base of Dark Hollow you can opt out of Rose River if your are short on time and return via the fire road and AT. If you continue down Hog camp branch you will be treated to a wonderful .8 miles of cascades and pools finally meeting up with Rose River as you tunr for the 3 mile ascent out. The first part of the ascent is along the river with great views and Rose River Falls. The last leg along the AT has some nice views this time of year without the tree cover. If the leaves were out there would not be much of a view.

Rose River Falls is one of the most beautiful trails in Virginia! I would rate it as Moderately Difficult due to the rocks and streams especially when cold and icy. The Falls are actually a series of falls and are really beautiful.

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