Lewis Falls Trail

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Elevation Gain1,415ft
Trailhead Elevation3,586ft
Elevation Min/Max2810/3586ft
Elevation Start/End3586/3586ft

Lewis Falls Trail

Lewis Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Page County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 3,586 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,415 feet. The Picnic Area picnic site is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail.

Lewis Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is one of the most popular-and highest-falls in Shenandoah National Park due to its proximity to the Big Meadows Lodge area and its amphitheater shape."

"Lewis Falls is just one of the attractions along this pleasant walk near Big Meadows Campground. Tack on a quick scramble to
Blackrock Cliffs for great views of the valley. This pleasant ramble near Big Meadows has a bit of everything for the day-
hiker: a waterfall, good views, and a climb up to Blackrock for even better views.

From the parking lot, pass the yellow gate and start to descend along a yellow-blazed fire road. Continue straight on the fire road through the intersection with the Appalachian Trail (AT). To the right, a padlocked door appears on the side of the trail: While an odd sight for a day hike, this door covers a spring, which supplies much of the water for facilities in the Big Meadows area."

"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."

"This popular high-country loop is in the Big Meadows area of Shenandoah National Park. Leave Skyline Drive and head northbound on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), climbing to view-laden and geologically rich Blackrock (a different peak than Blackrock of the South District of the park, see page 224)."

"This easy, 1- to 2-hour interpretive round-trip hike follows a trail that again dramatizes plant succession in the surrounding Blue Ridge forest."

"A loop trail through the hardwood forest descends to 81-foot Lewis Spring Falls and climbs out again. At 81 feet in height, Lewis Spring Falls is the fourth-highest falls in the park. It’s a beautiful, gentle falls, cascading from two creeks and then descending to a false bottom, where it spills once again. The falls often branch, depending on the time of year.

You have a commanding view of the falls from an overlook constructed by young men working in Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the 1930s, which offers a safe and contained view. To begin, access the amphitheater behind the picnic area. Below the amphitheater, at the cement post, pick up the blue blazes of the Lewis Spring Falls Trail, which branches to the right."

"An easy, one- to two-hour, interpretive, round-trip hike
on a trail showing plant succession in the surrounding Blue
Ridge forest. This delightful, informative walk is a self-guided tour to the
wonders of a Blue Ridge forest. It’s a hike for everyone,

Lewis Falls Trail Reviews

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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.
The trail is close to the Lodge and the children's playscape and climbs to the highest point in Big Meadow campground/lodge. Views of the rural valley beyond the park are scenic from the top. Rocky at the top, so keep small children in hand.

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Trail Information

Shenandoah National Park
Nearby City
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park: 540-999-3500, nps.gov/shen
Local Contacts
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Map 10 AT and other trails in Shenandoah National Park Central District; Trails Illustrated Map #228 Shenandoah National Park; USGS Big Meadows
Local Maps

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Jul 2018