Three Ridges Wilderness-Milepost 137

Tyro, Virginia 22976

Three Ridges Wilderness-Milepost 137

Three Ridges Wilderness-Milepost 13.7 Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Virginia’s 4,600-acre Three Ridges Wilderness was designated in 2000. The great circuit hike it affords follows the Appalachian Trail as it swerves east of the Parkway
and up and over Three Ridges, at 3,970 feet. The route descends from the peaks then skirts 1,000 feet higher than the AT’s southerly trailhead on VA 56 to turn right on the Mau-Har Trail and loop back to the Parkway.

The oddly named Mau-Har Trail uses the first syllable of the names of the two backpacking shelters you pass, Maupin Field and Harper Creek. One of the best backpacking loops on the northern portion of the Parkway, with a number of nice views, plentiful campsites, a waterfall, and two overnight back-packing shelters and adjacent campsites (each pretty accessible for easy out-and-back overnighters)."

Three Ridges Wilderness-Milepost 13.7 Trip Reports

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Great hike! The "strenuous" rating got it right. Quite a workout. Did the circuit, starting from Reed's Gap in just over 6 hours. I'm a regular flat-land runner so it put me to the test. Temperatures near 80 made me use more water than I expected. I also missed the part about the "water source" at the shelter being the river so I wasn't prepared to treat it and use it. Didn't "need it" but would have enjoyed a few more bottles of water along the way. I did the north-south as recommended and it was challenging enough. Not sure how the south-north can be too much tougher. I'll do it again and find out.
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A beautiful, not well known area, so once schools have begun in the fall it's a great place to hike and camp, while avoiding crowds. Some parts of the trail are up and down, and rocky. You can bathe in the waterfalls in temperate weather. Martha
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A really great trail for trying out your gear. I'm relatively out of shape and was able to do the 3 Ridges circuit in about 9 hours from/to Reeds Gap parking lot. I didn't stop very along though for lunch or to take time at waterfalls along the Mar-Har trail. Had I not been so concerned about finishing before dark, I would have really enjoyed cooling off there.

Nice circuit; defintely do it from north to south. Lots of climbs and decents; some over very rocky terrain. Be prepared.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,495 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best spring through fall
The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Contacts
USGS Sherando; Appalachian TrailConference: Pedlar Ranger District, George Washington National Forest
Local Maps