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; its southern border is the mighty James River. All points between showcase the county’s mountainous terrain that offers vistas of the mountains along with the deep green splendor of the George Washington National Forest.

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

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!

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Nelson County is a Hiker’s Paradise!

Map of Nelson County Virginia

APPALACHIAN TRAIL: 45 miles of the Trail are in Nelson County

BLUE RIDGE TUNNEL: The newest (and coolest!) hike in Virginia

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: Check out Humpback Rocks & the Mau-Har Trail

CRABTREE FALLS: The highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River

VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE RAILWAY TRAIL: Combines hiking and biking

KIDS IN PARKS TRACK TRAIL: Perfect for introducing children to hiking and nature

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