Appalachian Trail: VA 56 to Three Ridges Overlook

You'll travel past Harpers Creek Shelter and continue on a steady ascent over the summits of the Three Ridges in George Washington National Forest on this 10.2-mile trek.
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You'll travel past Harpers Creek Shelter and continue on a steady ascent over the summits of the Three Ridges in George Washington National Forest on this 10.2-mile trek.

Shelters: Harpers Creek Shelter; sleeps 6. Maupin Field Shelter; sleeps 6.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.4

Waypoints

WPT012

Location: 37.8582344055176, -78.9839859008789

Side trail leads 150 ft. to campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT032

Location: 37.8554000854492, -79.0001525878906

AT turns sharply E. Trail to shelter continues straight

WPT028

Location: 37.8552513122559, -79.0111465454102

Campsite

WPT020

Location: 37.8849334716797, -78.9934158325195

Maupin Field Shelter

ZZZ057

Location: 37.8382148742676, -79.0234680175781

VA 56; parking

WPT009

Location: 37.8494491577148, -78.9913177490234

Chimney Rock: This aptly-named rock formation rises roughly 15 ft. high

WPT030

Location: 37.8550338745117, -79.0012512207031

Harpers Creek

WPT014

Location: 37.8637504577637, -78.9929656982422

Trail to view

WPT016

Location: 37.879467010498, -78.992317199707

Campsite

WPT023

Location: 37.9013671875, -78.9853515625

Reeds Gap; Blue Ridge Parkway mile-marker 13.6; VA 664

WPT022

Location: 37.8993339538574, -78.9866485595703

Field

WPT006

Location: 37.8448181152344, -78.9961166381836

Views of the South Ridge of Three Ridges to the NNW

ZZZ058

Location: 37.9071655273438, -78.9791488647461

Three Ridges Overlook

WPT033

Location: 37.8561363220215, -79.0004348754883

Harpers Creek Shelter and a great campsite. Look closely: Trail signs to shelter and separate campsite are confusing

WPT013

Location: 37.8643989562988, -78.9885635375976

Trail to campsite

WPT017

Location: 37.8841018676758, -78.992301940918

Three Ridges Wilderness boundary

WPT031

Location: 37.8544998168945, -79.0009307861328

AT veers E. Harpers Creek Shelter turn W. Trail sign indicates camping both E and W

WPT010

Location: 37.8498344421387, -78.9913864135742

Middle Ridge of the Three Ridges

WPT019

Location: 37.8852844238281, -78.9924011230469

Trail to shelter; kiosk

WPT007

Location: 37.8469657897949, -78.9937973022461

South Ridge of the Three Ridges; pass big rock

WPT018

Location: 37.8849678039551, -78.9922637939453

Campsite

WPT027

Location: 37.8386650085449, -79.0215682983398

Three Ridges Wilderness

WPT026

Location: 37.8387489318848, -79.0217132568359

AT turns E; switchbacks

WPT011

Location: 37.8572158813477, -78.9836654663086

North Ridge of Three Ridges. Campsite and trail sign

WPT015

Location: 37.8636817932129, -78.9930191040039

Hanging Rock vista. Ideal for lunch and views of clouds blowing over Three Ridges

WPT029

Location: 37.8552322387695, -79.0104141235352

Blue-blazed Mau-har Trail heads W. Although this trail is steep and rocky, swimming holes and a waterfall can be found midway through

WPT004

Location: 37.8477821350098, -78.9981155395508

Rocky

WPT025

Location: 37.8384170532227, -79.022216796875

Suspension bridge over Tye River

WPT005

Location: 37.843448638916, -78.9977340698242

View E

WPT021

Location: 37.8855819702148, -78.9924697875976

AT turns E

WPT024

Location: 37.8385009765625, -79.0231475830078

VA 56

WPT008

Location: 37.8489685058594, -78.9912338256836

Scramble

DSCF6127

Location: 37.8553848266602, -78.9870986938476

DSCF6237

Location: 37.8852653503418, -78.9924011230469

DSCF6113

Location: 37.8562164306641, -79.0003662109375

DSCF6110

Location: 37.8560180664062, -79.0002365112305

DSCF6125

Location: 37.8495483398438, -78.9913330078125