Nelson County offers 45 miles of the Appalachian Trail along its western region, as well as other scenic easy, moderate to steep trails – so there’s something for everyone. Start off with a hike alongside Crabtree Falls, and for 360 degree views, there’s the Spy Rock hike.
The White Rock Falls hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway includes a water feature, and Humpback Rocks is a great short, but steep hike to incredible valley views. After 20 years of planning and restoration the Blue Ridge Tunnel is open from dawn to dusk daily.
The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen trails can be explored at Wintergreen Resort, and down in the valley is the Rockfish Valley Trail System with many nature-themed trails. Along Route 29, hike the Fortune’s Cove Nature Preserve with moderate to difficult trails through relatively intact forest, and the DelFosse Trail at at Deer Rock.
For hiking or biking, there’s the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail in Piney River, with its Kids in the Parks Trail for kids.
The Socrates Project: Poisonous Plants in Virginia is a reference guide to poisonous plants native to Virginia.
This project was initiated in 2013 when members of the Old Rag Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program discovered that tens of thousands of human exposures to poisonous plants are reported annually to poison control centers throughout the United States, and hundreds of such incidents are reported annually to the University of Virginia Health’s Blue Ridge Poison Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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