Take the Nelson Scenic Loop as buds begin to bloom and light spring green begins to appear on tree branches. The Nelson Scenic Loop traverses both the lower foothills of the Piedmont as well as the summits of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s 50 miles long and is comprised of Route 151, Route 664, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Route 56.
Nelson County’s bounty of natural, cultural, and historic attractions are featured along the way. If you feel like hopping out of the car, hike the Appalachian Trail, visit Crabtree Falls, or stop at scenic overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way, visit breweries, distilleries, and cideries and shop for antiques at Tuckahoe Antiques Mall, one of Nelson’s hidden shopping gems. Enjoy the views from the many local restaurants. Begin your loop journey at the Rockfish Valley Foundation’s Natural History Center on Route 151 in Wintergreen, VA.