Charlottesville: Three Ridges Loop

Enjoy a quiet weekend on this 12.3-mile loop to creekside campsites, a sea of mountains, and an excellent waterfall in the 4,608-acre Three Ridges Wilderness.
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Enjoy a quiet weekend on this 12.3-mile loop to creekside campsites, a sea of mountains, and an excellent waterfall in the 4,608-acre Three Ridges Wilderness.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 17.3

Waypoints

TRL004

Location: 37.8789482116699, -78.9919662475586

Trail buzzes up the tree-covered Bee Mtn. (3,034 ft.); sporadic views ahead

TRL001

Location: 37.8838920593262, -79.0091781616211

From Love Gap, take fire road S

TRL003

Location: 37.8849983215332, -78.9924621582031

Maupin Field Shelter; ample campsites and good spring for water

TRL005

Location: 37.8744049072266, -78.992790222168

Stay in thick cliff bands below short ridge

TRL006

Location: 37.8642807006836, -78.9898376464844

Veering E, the AT climbs the twin summits of the Three Ridges

TRL007

Location: 37.8569297790527, -78.988037109375

Descend knee-crunching switchbacks

TRL008

Location: 37.8498992919922, -78.9911651611328

The stacks of Chimney Rock

TRL009

Location: 37.8441009521484, -78.9978179931641

Hairpin turn; head N to the headwaters of Hairpin Creek

TRL010

Location: 37.8552436828613, -79.0107040405274

Turn R onto Mau-Har Trail

TRL011

Location: 37.8689117431641, -79.0089263916016

Sweet waterfall; link up trail blazes along Campbell Creek

TRL012

Location: 37.8849143981934, -78.9929885864258

Turn L onto AT, then L again on fire road back to Love Gap

TRL002

Location: 37.8861885070801, -78.9936752319336

Turn R onto Appalachian Trail
Stat: It's 821 miles from here to the southern terminus of the AT in Springer, GA