Nelson County is nestled in the heart of  Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Within this bounty of natural beauty are miles of hiking trails, crystal-clear fishing streams, historic family orchards and farms, and award-winning craft beverages. Nelson’s northern border is the first 30 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway and its southern border is the mighty James River.

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Come to hike, bird-watch, fish,  kayak or tube while enjoying a diversity of wildlife which abounds along our streams, valleys and mountaintops. Nelson County is the perfect getaway for those who enjoy fresh air and spending time in the great outdoors!

Be sure to visit the Blue Ridge Tunnel – an engineering marvel and the coolest hike in Virginia!

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Nelson County a hikers paradise

In Nelson County, hikers can follow the Appalachian Trail along the western portion of the county, climb a short, but steep hike to incredible valley views at Humpback Rock, and explore the Blue Ridge Parkway hikes including White Rock Falls and the Mau-Har Trail.

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Nelson County is a hidden gem in Central Virginia. Shaped like a diamond, there are surprises in every part of the 471 square mile playground of outdoor adventure.

Within this bounty of natural beauty are miles of hiking trails, crystal-clear fishing streams, historic family farms and orchards, picturesque vineyards, inviting tap rooms and unparalleled views.

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