Three Ridges Wilderness

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Three Ridges Wilderness
Part of George Washington National Forest
Wilderness Area
Campbell Gorge Three Ridges Wilderness.jpg
Country United States
State Virginia
County Nelson
Elevation 3,400 ft (1,036.3 m)
Coordinates 37°51′52″N 78°59′07″W / 37.86444°N 78.98528°W / 37.86444; -78.98528Coordinates: 37°51′52″N 78°59′07″W / 37.86444°N 78.98528°W / 37.86444; -78.98528
Highest point Three Ridges Summit
 - elevation 3,970 ft (1,210.1 m)
Lowest point
 - location Tye River
 - elevation 1,300 ft (396.2 m)
Area 4,702 acres (1,902.8 ha) [1]
Established 2000
Management George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Owner USDA Forest Service
IUCN category Ib - Wilderness Area
Nearest city Massies Mill, Virginia
Location of Three Ridges Wilderness in Virginia
Website: George Washington and Jefferson National Forests – Three Ridges Wilderness Area

Three Ridges Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area in the Glenwood/Pedlar Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The wilderness area is located just east of the Blue Ridge Parkway between the Tye River and Wintergreen Ski Resort.

It is separated from the boundary of the Priest Wilderness by Virginia State Route 56. The wilderness consists of 4,702 acres (19.03 km2) and ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet (305 m) at the Tye River to 3,970 feet (1,210 m) at the summit of Three Ridges Mountain.


The Appalachian Trail crosses through the wilderness for approximately ten miles. This section of the Appalachian Trail, combined with the other trail in the wilderness, the three mile long Mau-Har Trail, creates "one of the best loop trails in the state of Virginia," according to one guidebook.[2] These trails are maintained by the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club,[3] a trail maintenance club affiliated with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. There are two Appalachian Trail shelters within the wilderness, the Maupin Field Shelter to the north, and the Harper's Creek Shelter, 2.6 trail miles from the Tye River.

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  1. ^ Three Ridges Wilderness: George Washington National Forest
  2. ^ Carroll, Steven; Mark Miller (2002). Wild Virginia: A Guide to Thirty Roadless Recreation Areas. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 0-7627-2315-7.
  3. ^ Tidewater ATC website

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