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blueBlack Three Ridges Loop Trail

  4.6 ( 45 ) Favorite


13.4 mile 21.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 3,565' 1,087 m
Descent: -3,564' -1,086 m
High: 3,970' 1,210 m
Low: 1,876' 572 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)


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This route follows a beautiful ridge line trail then drops down in a valley featuring a series of waterfalls.

Damon Yeh

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall


This hike starts off on the AT along a ridge line with several amazing views of the Appalachian mountains. It then drops in elevation to the Mau-Har Trail which crosses two streams with great waterfalls. The route ends with a short hike back out of the valley onto the AT.


Park at Reeds Gap at the intersection of VA664 and Blue Ridge Parkway. Head south along the AT along the left side of a small field. Work your way to the intersection of the Mau-Har Trail and the AT at the Maupin Shelter, but continue left along the AT. We found a small stream about 3 miles into the loop if you need a refill (may not be available year round); the next water source isn't until the Harpers Creek Shelter. There are a few campsites at the top of this ridge.

Continuing along this ridgeline there were several great overlooks along this trail that seemed to get better as we went along. There are two large rock outcroppings with unobstructed views. The trail then drops in elevation as you head into the valley. The first point of interest is the Harpers Creek Shelter that sits along a large stream. Soon after, you'll come across the intersection of the Mau-Har Trail and the AT. Turn right to take the Mau-Har Trail. This trail comes across a series of waterfalls with campsites all around.

The Mau-Har Trail is a fairly consistent uphill climb on rocky terrain. It follows the stream at first then climbs back out of the valley. Soon enough you'll come across the Maupin Shelter and make it back to the AT. Take a left and head back to the parking lot.

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Jun 29, 2019
Pramod Malik
Jun 25, 2019
Darby Barrett
Jun 4, 2019
Evan Scully
13.4mi — 9h 30m
Apr 9, 2019
Chris Harrison
Perfect spring day, 65 and sunny, no bugs. Saw 5 backpackers, no day hikers. 13.4mi
Mar 31, 2019
Andy Massey
First trip around 13.4mi — 1h 30m
Mar 31, 2019
Nico Buerkley
Third time packin' this trail with fellow Old Dominion OAP Trip Leaders. The next will be solo :)
Mar 30, 2019
Andy Massey
Heading south — 8h 40m
Mar 29, 2019
Stan L.
At harpers creek shelter. Made camp.

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