Blue Ridge Parkway
The first 30 miles of the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway winds around the northern border of Nelson County. This stretch of asphalt ribbon offers scenic views along the highest ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start at milepost 18.5 at White Rock Falls and take this 2.5-mile moderate hike down to an impressive gorge with a waterfall and natural wading pool. The name White Rock came from the abundant quartz rock found in the area. If you’d rather climb upwards, travel east toward Montebello to see the famed Crabtree Falls or and kid-friendly Montebello Fish Hatchery, or for a panoramic view, climb up Spy Rock, one of Nelson’ hidden gems with one of the best views around.
Eat at the Blue Ridge Pig or at one of the restaurants at Wintergreen Resort. If you find it’s too hard to leave Nelson County, stay at Wintergreen Resort, relax at the spa, and put off the spring cleaning back home.
On your way to Nelson, drive past Sherando Lake or stop and cool your tired, traveling feet in the water. Stop at The Priest Overlook, milepost 17.6, where the Appalachian Trail passes through Three Ridges Wilderness and The Priest Wilderness. For a short hike with an amazing view, hike Humpback Rock. The Humpback Rocks Visitors Center is located at mile marker 5.8 and it takes about 45 minutes to ascend the 740 feet to the peak and a mere 25 minutes or so to come back down. Enjoy the visitor center and authentic out buildings and picnic area.