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Nelson County

Nelson County was named after Thomas Nelson, a Governor of Virginia in the 1700’s. Nelson County is part of the Charlottesville, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area and is 75 miles northeast of Richmond.The county’s mountainous terrain offers vistas of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains and the beautiful George Washington National Forest, with the James River forming the southeast boundary. Within this bounty of natural beauty are miles of hiking trails, skiing trails, crystal-clear fishing streams, historic family farms and orchards, picturesque vineyards, inviting tap rooms and unparalleled views.

There are abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation available in all parts of the county. These options include hiking along the Appalachian Trail or to the top of Crabtree Falls (the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River) and excellent canoeing and fishing. Rockfish Gap and Humpback Rock are also must sees.
Wintergreen Resort is a four season resort with many amenities. For the golfer, there are two golf courses: a mountain course (Devil’s Knob – residents & guests only) and a valley course (Stoney Creek). Also located at Stoney Creek is Lake Monocan, a 20 acre lake and park. Skiing and snow tubing are popular in the winter with 26 slopes and trails. It’s a good time to buy in Wintergreen. Home Appreciation is up 11.9% in the last 12 months

Nelson County also offers a variety of local wineries and breweries. The “Brew Ridge Trail” has taken the craft brewing world by storm and has become extremely popular in Central Virginia. Nelson County is proud to be the home of Blue Mountain Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Barrel House and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. All four breweries have been producing celebrated craft beers that are critically acclaimed and celebrated far beyond our region’s borders.

The lodging establishments in the county are primarily bed and breakfasts, or mountain cabins, locally-owned and operated. The restaurants and dining options offer a variety of foods with many offering Virginia grown products and are also locally-owned and operated.

If you love the mountains and enjoy the outdoors, then Nelson County is the place for you!

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