Hiking The Three Ridges

The 2nd most popular hiking trail in Virginia.

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Southwest of Charlottesville and northwest of Tyro in the George Washington National Forest, a nice 14 mile loop combines the Three Ridges section of the Appalachian Trail with the Mar-Har Trail (aka Mau-Har Trail #303) for over 3,000 feet of vertical. This is classic Appalachian hiking trek with rhododendrons, brooks and hollows.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Charlottesvile, head south on SR29 for about 36 miles. Turn right heading west on SR56 for about 15 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Overall, Three Ridges is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 23 hikes in Virginia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Three Ridges including Allegheny Trail, North Mountain Trail, Dry Run Trail, Signal Knob Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Trail and Wolf Ridge TrailPoverty Creek Trail.

Three Ridges Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  George Washington National Forest (540) 291-2188; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Virginia" from Bill Burnham

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.appalachiantrail.org/

GPS:  37.83814, -79.02303

Date Published:  4/2/2016

Date Updated:  6/30/2016

ID:  10991

Three Ridges Hiking Map


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