A Wilderness designation by Congress is the strongest form of protection that we can give to our public lands. The United States was the first country in the world to define and designate Wilderness through law. We should take great pride in these special places and ensure that they remain protected.
Photo taken in Thunder Ridge Wilderness. Thunder Ridge Wilderness is in Rockbridge, Botetourt, and Bedford Counties. Established in 1984, this 2,428 acre treasure is the smallest wilderness in Virginia. However, its small size is not indicative of its true nature. Thunder Ridge Wilderness is rugged. Located below the crest of its namesake Thunder Ridge, this wilderness rises almost 3,000 feet from Arnolds Valley to Apple Orchard Mountain on the crest of the Blue Ridge. Thunder Ridge Wilderness is separated from the larger James River Face Wilderness by Petites Gap Road. Together, they create over 11,000 acres of nearly contiguous Wilderness land.