Nelson County Wilderness Area

The Wilderness designation provides permanent protection for the two areas in their natural state. The Priest (nearly 6,000 acres) rises from an elevation of about 1,000 feet at the Tye River to 4,063 feet. It is one of Virginia's most prominent peaks and provides the back drop for Crabtree Falls. Three Ridges (4,608 acres)is one of the wildest and most rugged areas in the Virginia Blue Ridge. Several rock outcrops provide stunning views of the surrounding areas. The Appalachian Trail runs through both areas for nearly 13 miles and the Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the western boundary of Three Ridges. The wilderness designation allows continued hunting, fishing, hiking, picnicking, camping, and other traditional uses. The designation does not allow roads, motorized vehicles, structures, etc.