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Lewis Falls

 

 

This round trip hike of only two miles leads to Lewis Falls, but some people find the rocky part of the trail difficult. There are other ways to reach the 81 foot waterfalls, this description is the easiest of them. This is a popular hike, especially those who are staying in the Big Meadows Area. Don't expect to be alone for this hike.

Park along the side of the road by the service road located at milepost 51.4 along Skyline Drive, south of Big Meadows. The trail is blue blazed. Follow the service road downhill, crossing a horse trail and then crossing the Appalachian Trail. After crossing the AT, you'll find water gushing from a pipe on the left. This is the source of Lewis Springs, which becomes Hawksbill Creek and the water that forms Lewis Falls. At 0.3 miles a trail post marks the spot where you'll turn left off the service road.

The trail is now rocky and steep with several switchbacks. Soon you'll come to a trail post and junction. This is the Lewis Falls Trail coming from Big Meadows. Turn left and there is a view over Pine Grove Hollow. Soon you'll be crossing Hawksbill Creek on rocks. This last stretch is short but rough. The trail has an iron handrail for moral support. There is a rock wall observation area for the waterfall. Simply retrace your steps to return. We recommend purchasing Shenandoah National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map), Hiking Shenandoah National Park and Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park to help plan your adventure in Shenandoah National Park.

Lewis Falls in Shenandoah National Park

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