Just a short and scenic drive from Charlottesville, Nelson County is a hidden gem in Central Virginia. Jump in the car and head west to experience the county’s breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, endless hiking trails, crystal-clear fishing streams, quaint coffee shops, historic family orchards and farms, and unique craft beverage offerings.

Boasting 12 wineries, 3 distilleries, 9 breweries, and 3 cideries, Nelson County is a “must visit” for craft wine and beer lovers, offering a vibrant local food and music scene and year-round events. See Events Calendar

Create your own adventure making stops along the “Brew Ridge Trail” while enjoying a scenic drive on Rt. 151.

Looking for something active? Wintergreen Resort offers skiing, tubing, golf, and tennis. Or, plan a private guided horseback ride at your venue of choice with Indian Summer Guide Service. Fish, kayak, canoe, or tube along the Tye, James, and Rockfish rivers. Hike the 3-mile trail up to Crabtree Falls, the tightest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, or load up the kids and bikes to Piney River for 7 round-trip miles on the flat, crushed stone trail along the Piney and Tye Rivers.

Take a trip back in time and walk through the historic Blue Ridge Tunnel, the longest railroad tunnel in North America at the time it first opened to traffic in 1858, or visit one of the county’s many historical sites or museums. Shop for artisan pottery and jewelry, antique collectibles, or stop into an old country store.

Experience the wilderness, beauty, and history that awaits just west of Charlottesville!

Learn more about Nelson County

Hidden Gems


Crabtree Falls, the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, is a popular attraction located in Nelson County, just six miles off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27...

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The Blue Ridge Tunnel was constructed between 1850 and 1858 beneath Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia...

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Fortune's Cove Preserve

The recently completed hiking trails remain almost untouched by visitors, making them perfect for those looking to enjoy nature in solitude. ..

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Hungry Hill Farm

Circa 1964, Hungry Hill Farm embarked on a journey to share their "knowledge and produce the best local raw honey". ..

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Rockfish Valley

Rockfish Valley is your one-stop shop for everything in Nelson County from scenic views to ice-cold brews...

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Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative

The Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative is a privately owned market founded in 1997. ..

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Visit Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen summers are full of sun-kissed smiles and freckles, stories and s’mores around the campfire, picnics at the lake, cannonballs in the pool, and ice cream dripping down your chin...

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Dickie Brothers Orchard

Located near Crabtree Falls along the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the orchard is fueled by the crisp mountain air, in turn producing apples with exceptional color and taste. ..

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Quarry Gardens at Schuyler

Rockfish River Trail

Humpback Rock

Fortune's Cove Preserve

Spy Rock Trail

Blue Ridge Tunnel

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