Lewis Falls in Virginia

Lewis Falls in Shenandoah National Park – Page County

Its proximity to Big Meadows makes Lewis Falls a very popular destination in Shenandoah National Park.

Unfortunately in summer the waterfall slows down to a mere trickle but if you visit after heavy rains it can be very spectacular.

The 0.9 mile trail is steep and rocky and it gets slippery near the waterfall so please wear proper shoes!

Lewis Falls - Observation Point
Lewis Falls – Observation Point

There is a observation point above the Falls with handrails for safety and while it is possible to bushwhack down to the base I’ve decided to not show that trail.

The reason is simple – the trail to the base is dangerous and in full view of folks at the observation point (especially when the vegetation is thin). I do not want to encourage the general tourist (with no bushwhacking experience) to try and follow anyone down to the base. 

Directions

Park at in the small lot at mile 54.4 (west side of the road) or across the road at mile 54.3. The hike straight down for 0.9 miles.

Please study my Virginia Waterfalls Map for precise locations.

The blue-blazed trail is clearly marked and crosses the Appalachian Trail. Near the Falls it meets up with the Lewis Spring Falls Trail coming from the amphitheater at Big Meadows. You can do a loop hike when combining these 3 trails.

Trail Map

Trail Map - Lewis Falls
Trail Map – Lewis Falls (click to enlarge)

Trail Profile

Profile - Lewis Falls
Profile – Lewis Falls (click to enlarge)