Three Ridges Wilderness
|Three Ridges Wilderness|
|Part of George Washington National Forest|
|Elevation||3,400 ft (1,036.3 m)|
|Highest point||Three Ridges Summit|
|- elevation||3,970 ft (1,210.1 m)|
|- location||Tye River|
|- elevation||1,300 ft (396.2 m)|
|Area||4,702 acres (1,902.8 ha) |
|Management||George Washington and Jefferson National Forests|
|Owner||USDA Forest Service|
|IUCN category||Ib - Wilderness Area|
|Nearest city||Massies Mill, 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 3,790 feet (1,155 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. These trails are maintained by the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club, 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.
- Three Ridges Wilderness: George Washington National Forest
- Carroll, Steven; Mark Miller (2002). Wild Virginia: A Guide to Thirty Roadless Recreation Areas. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 0-7627-2315-7.
- Tidewater ATC website