“This gravel service road provides the easiest access to Lewis Spring Falls from Skyline Road.”
— Larry W. Brown
Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Navigation here is simple and mild, and the opportunity to see the old pumphouse gives a unique look into our nation's past.
This gravel service road provides the easiest access to Lewis Spring Falls, though the slightly longer Lewis Falls Trail
circuit trail from the Big Meadows
amphitheater area is suggested.
Follow the road downhill, which crosses a horse trail and also the Appalachian Trail. You'll pass a short side trail on the left that goes about 100 feet to Lewis Spring. It's completely enclosed; you'll hear gushing water behind the padlocked door. 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 Spring Falls and then, much later, flows through the town of Luray before joining the Shenandoah River.
Continue 30 yards to a locked door in the hillside on your right; behind it is a pump for the Big Meadows
water supply that sends most of the output of Lewis Spring up to the underground storage tanks on Blackrock.
After another 30 yards you can opt to turn left onto the blue-blazed Lewis Falls Trail
Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park
Flora & Fauna
Occasionally you can spot deer and/or black bears off in the woodlands that borders both sides of the road.