Lewis Spring Falls


June 2016

State: Virginia

Location: Shenandoah National Park

Height: 70'

Crest: 5'

Water Source: Lewis Spring

Waypoint: 38.52040N 78.44950W

Summary: This is a difficult waterfall to see. The full falls is not visible from the only viewing area. It is a pretty spot, but there are much more satisfying waterfalls to visit in Shenandoah National Park.

Lewis Spring Falls is a 70' plunge falls located in Shenandoah National Park. Unfortunately the only one vantage point from which to view the falls is from the side, and it is somewhat obscured by vegetation. The top of the falls is visible, but you cannot see the bottom.

The falls is located near the Big Meadows Campground. The shortest hike to the falls starts at the campground ampitheatre. It is about a 1.2 mile hike down to the falls, and I do mean down. The trail descends nearly the entire way, and is very rocky. The trail crosses over top of the falls, and continues to a fenced in viewing area on the far side of the falls. The view was somewhat obscured by trees when I was there in mid June, and the waterflow was on the low side.

You can hike out the way you came in, or make a loop of it and follow the first right after crossing the top of the falls again. This will will take you up to the lodge, or the visitor center, depending on exactly which trail you follow.

Nearby Falls

There are a lot of waterfalls of various sizes in Shenandoah National Park. The much more impressive Dark Hollow Falls is not too far away. In fact the 9 mile Three Falls Hike will take you past Lewis Spring Falls, Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls. Elsewhere in Shenandoah you can find White Oak Falls, Cedar Falls, Doyles River Falls, Jones Run Falls and Overall Run Falls.

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