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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

Or, 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!

Hidden Gems

CRABTREE FALLS

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. Crabtree Falls features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. The first overlook is just a few hundred feet from the parking lot along a gentle, paved trail making it an excellent stopover for travelers of all ages and abilities. The more adventuresome hiker may continue along the 3-mile trail to four other overlooks offering spectacular views of the Crabtree Creek Falls and lovely vistas of the Tye River Valley. From the upper falls, the trail follows the creek another 1.2 miles to the Crabtree Meadows. Open dawn to dusk. Parking lot with daily parking fee per vehicle.

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EXPLORE THE BLUE RIDGE TUNNEL

The Blue Ridge Tunnel was constructed between 1850 and 1858 beneath Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. CSX Transportation generously donated the tunnel to Nelson County in 2007. The tunnel is located at the convergence of the southern entrance of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive, the northern entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and U. S. Bicycle Route 76. Both Interstate 64 and U. S. 250 cross over the tunnel at Rockfish Gap. Traveling through the long (1.3 km), dark tunnel will be a stirring experience for a variety of visitors from across the Commonwealth and beyond: hikers and cyclists of every level, wildlife watchers, history enthusiasts, railroad buffs, heritage tourists, school children on field trips, and nearby residents.

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Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative

The Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative is a privately owned market founded in 1997. We provide locally grown food and local handmade goods from our community.

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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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