Hiking Shenandoah National Park
by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Lewis Mountain River Falls
The park ranger at Thoroughfare Gap said her sister really enjoyed this particular waterfall because of its 81-foot height and relative seclusion. The Big Meadows area where I parked was still cloaked in snow, even though most of the mountains on Skyline Drive were relatively snow free.
I “skied” out to the top of the falls, watching the relatively small stream drop out into nothingness. The view from the top of the falls of the valley below is quite nice. Most persons stop here and don’t quite make it to the base of the falls, which is the whole point of seeing any waterfall. One has a sense of power and majesty in a waterfall if one looks at it from the base up.
So I followed the rustic trail (in other words, not as well maintained as the main trail) down to the base. The slippery-at-times trail effort was well rewarded with what I thought to be the most beautiful of the three waterfalls I was to encounter today. It’s 81 feet were mostly vertical, a straight drop with a few small ledges here and there to create an interesting cascade. Now I understood why the ranger''s sister loved that waterfall. I encourage all to come and see it for yourself, especially when the spring melt is underway.
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