Ok understanding that this is a 2 hour drive. This trail was flat out awesome. Its a 5 out of 5 for difficulty but it is worth it. TONS of awesome views all along it. There is several Peaks(yes peaks) that you can camp out on with 360degree view to wake up to. You park up on Blue ridge parkway. Take the trail about 0.8 miles and you are already sitting on a mountain peak with a campsite right there. If you chose to hike the loop which typically takes 2 days you will find yourself seeing breathtaking views throughout the trail. Follow the AT along as it crosses the Mar Har trail. Stay on the AT until you come to the Mar Har trail a 2nd time. Then take the Mar Har back around to your original starting point.
Rest assured if your pack weight is over 30lbs you will run the risk of injury. The trail is badly worn in many places leaving only jagged rock to tread on rather than flat soil with 3ft step downs and step ups in many places. Extra long hiking poles made all the difference for me on this trail. Saved me twice from loosing my balance and tumbling down the mountain side. Many places to acquire water on this hike so 2-3 liters of water is all that is needed.
Bring your A game or it will kick your butt in some places.
I cant wait to hike this Trail again. Gonna go again in the fall and once again probably early winter before the snow hits.
Here is a link to the trail.
This is directions from Radford to Three Ridges Trail.
120 mi, 2 hours 22 mins
1. Head northwest on Berkley St toward 2nd St
2. Take the 3rd right onto 1st St/W Main St
Continue to follow W Main St
3. Continue onto US-11 N
4. Turn left onto W Main St
5. Turn right onto Roanoke St
6. Take the ramp to US-460
7. Keep left at the fork and merge onto US-460
8. Take exit 1A for I-81 N/US-460 E toward Salem/Roanoke
9. Merge onto I-81 N
10. Take exit 195 toward Lee Highway
11. Turn right onto US-11 N/N Lee Hwy
Continue to follow US-11 N
12. Turn right onto VA-56 E/Tye River Turnpike
13. Turn left to stay on VA-56 E/Tye River Turnpike
Continue to follow VA-56 E
14. Turn left toward Blue Ridge Pkwy
15. Turn right onto Blue Ridge Pkwy
This road may be seasonally closed
Destination will be on the right