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Lewis Spring Falls, VA

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.79 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,598 feet
Elevation Gain -690 feet
Accumulated Gain 645 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hr
Kokopelli Seeds 5.02
 Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
 Backpack Yes
 Dogs not allowed
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2  2022-11-26 KingLeonidas
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author avatar Guides 18
Routes 51
Photos 264
Trips 142 map ( 739 miles )
Age 33 Male Gender
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Preferred Sep, May, Jun, Aug → NOON
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:22am - 5:32pm
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mediocre waterfall in Shenandoah
by KingLeonidas

Prologue
Hiked Lewis Springs falls trail with Victoria as our last hike in Shenandoah National Park.
Our favorite quick hike so far was Dark Hollow Falls and we had enough time to do one more quick hike. So we went for Lewis Falls as it was close by and we wanted to see more waterfalls.


Navigation
This was pretty straightforward. There were the usual sky-blue blazes (that are common throughout Shenandoah National Park) painted onto trees periodically to show the way. In most spots, the markers were not necessary as the trail was clear but in a few places enough leaves had fallen to obscure the trail and the markers came in handy.

Trail Conditions
The trail starts as an old jeep road but narrows within a short distance. The trail was a combination of rocks, mud, and covered in dead leaves. It hadn't rained for a few days when we hiked it so the mud was not bad. The leaves were more of a challenge, they covered the harder surfaces and made them slippery. The rocks often provided the best footing.


Fees
This is in the Shenandoah National Park so National Park Service fees normally apply. There were no additional fees required for this particular trail.

Weather
We went in late November. It was cool but still comfortable hiking weather. If going in the fall, mid to late October (when the leaves are still changing color) would be better.


General Comments and Musings
We were hoping for a new/different version of Dark Hollow Falls to close out the day. It was a short and quick hike but was not as impressive as Dark Hollow. The falls were higher than Dark Hollow, but the flow was less (at the time) than Dark Hollow. There also wasn't a very good viewpoint to see the falls. The trail takes you to a ledge next to the falls but there did not seem to be a route to go lower down for a better look. The Appalachian Trail does go through this area so it may provide a better view, but our maps and the remaining daylight did not extend far enough to investigate further. Long story short if you want to see waterfalls in Shenandoah go for Dark Hollow or maybe Rose (we heard that one is cool too).

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2022-11-28 KingLeonidas
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Head south from Front Royal along Skyline Drive until to get to the Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center, the trail starts nearby.
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