The United States Congress designated the Three Ridges Wilderness (map
) in 2000 and it now has a total of 4,612 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Virginia
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Three Ridges Wilderness is located east of the Blue Ridge Parkway and north of the Tye River. Elevations range from 1000 feet at the Tye River to 4000 feet at Three Ridges. This area is generally very steep and rugged, consisting of undulating ridges with deep V-shaped hollows. Large rock outcrops are common, and there is spectacular scenery. There are a total of 11 miles of trail. Eight miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T., FT #1) run through this very rugged terrain. Trail information is available on National Geographic-Trails Illustrated Map # 789 (Lexington-Blue Ridge Mts). Several old home sites in the Three Ridges Wilderness are gradually being reclaimed by nature. Three Ridges Wilderness is located in Nelson County in west central Virginia. It is managed by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger Districts of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.