Lewis Spring Falls

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Don’t forget to bring your camera, so you can capture the visual features along this high-country waterfall walk. The loop takes place near the busy Big Meadows area, with its park lodge, visitor center, ranger station, and campground. Thus this circuit gets traffic, but deservedly so. Leave the parking area near Tanner Ridge Overlook, heading down Lewis Spring Service Road to reach the Appalachian Trail. Walk northbound on the AT, climbing to Blackrock and its stellar views. From there, the hike passes more interesting rock features, and then joins Lewis Falls Trail, where it descends to a loud and dramatic fall. Lewis Spring Falls is one of the highest-elevation falls at Shenandoah.
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

by Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro (Menasha Ridge Press)

Don’t forget to bring your camera, so you can capture the visual features along this high-country waterfall walk. The loop takes place near the busy Big Meadows area, with its park lodge, visitor center, ranger station, and campground. Thus this circuit gets traffic, but deservedly so.

Leave the parking area near Tanner Ridge Overlook, heading down Lewis Spring Service Road to reach the Appalachian Trail. Walk northbound on the AT, climbing to Blackrock and its stellar views. From there, the hike passes more interesting rock features, and then joins Lewis Falls Trail, where it descends to a loud and dramatic fall. Lewis Spring Falls is one of the highest-elevation falls at Shenandoah.

© 2014 Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shenandoah National Park
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Lewis Spring Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

8/11/2008
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A short drive from Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway is the Crabtree Meadows Recreational Area, the location of one of my favorite falls, Crabtree Falls. The trail down to the falls is a series of switchbacks and the trail is well maintained. Along the way are many great specimes of native plant life, such as rotadendrum, wild azalea, and many fern species. As you approach the falls, the sound leads you in like the tides to the moon. At the bottom, a wooden bridge crosses the river and allows for a great view of the Falls. However, across the bridge you can gain access to the shallow river itself. Be careful of slippery rocks and never try to climb the falls. Slippery when wet is not just an old adage. There is a tree in the middle of the river that affords a grest place to rest and refuel before continuing on the rest of the loop trail to the top of the falls. The loop trail return to the parking area is somewhat strenous, but requires no technical climbing skills. However, besides a few small rills, there is no a view of the falls from the top. All in all, it is one of the best trips in western North Carolina and the falls are well worth the effort.


8/12/2004
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