District Location: Central
Waterway: Hawksbill Creek
Distance: 1.3 miles (one way) to the observation point, 1.5 miles to the base
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Directions: access via the small parking area at mile 51.4 along Skyline Drive. Follow the graveled service road to get onto the blue-blazed Lewis Falls Trail. The trail will take you to a man-made observation point, but trees and vegetation have grown in the years since it was constructed, which now limits viewing the waterfall in its entirety. To view Lewis Falls from its base, return to the trail fork and carefully work your way down the right side of the stream, which in my opinion is the path of least resistance, but it is very steep on either side.


View From The Base

Also referred to as Lewis Spring Falls. About 0.6 mile above the falls, the trail passes the site of the Lewis Spring Shelter (which was demolished in 1976). Straight ahead is a door in the side of the hill, and behind it is a pump that sends most of the output of Lewis Spring up to the underground storage tanks on Blackrock. This spring is not only the principal source of water for the Big Meadows development; it's also the source of Hawksbill Creek, which forms Lewis Falls and then, much later, flows through the town of Luray before joining the Shenandoah River.



View From The Base




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