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Three Ridges Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Three Ridges Wilderness (map) in 2000 and it now has a total of 4,611 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.

Planning to Visit the Three Ridges Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Three Ridges Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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