James River Face Wilderness-Mileposts 63.9-71.0 Professional Review and Guide
"The 9,000-acre James River Face Wilderness is a rugged and scenic area that clings to the cliffs where the mighty James River breaks through the Blue Ridge. Designated in 1975, Virginia’s first wilderness area lies north of Petites Gap, a major trail access point at Milepost 71 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thunder Ridge, added in 1984, is a 2,450-acre wilderness just south of Petites Gap.
That tract is essentially just the sloping western side of the Blue Ridge below the Parkway, though that description doesn’t do justice to the unique plants that grow there. Together, the James River Face and Thunder Ridge make up a wilderness tract that rises from the deceptive calm of the James River (about 650 feet) to the lofty altitude of Highcock Knob (3,073 feet) and the Blue Ridge Parkway."