What’s Happening in Nelson County, Va?
Our first episode was filmed in scenic Nelson County, Va - “On the Sunrise side of the Blue Ridge.” Angel Verde goes on an adventure visiting restaurants, wineries, and the incredible views of what locals call “a little piece of heaven.” located a short car ride from Charlottesville, Va and a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., dive into our itinerary from Nelson County to help plan your own great day trip or a weekend getaway in one of Virginia’s best retreats for outdoor lovers.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the closest thing to flying over the mountain tops a person can get without actually getting into something that can fly. Littered overlooks with endless vistas, hikes from easy to difficult, picnic areas, and many other outdoor wonders, ‘America’s favorite drive’ weaves along the ridge-line at a average elevation of 2,500 ft atop the Blue Ridge Mountains for visitors to enjoy year round. It’s free, it’s beautiful, just do it.
If you want to give even closer to life in the air, you can try your hands (and feet) at rock climbing on Raven’s Roost. If you’re an experienced climber, bring a friend and enjoy some cragging. If you’d prefer the help of professionals, Blueridge Mountain Guides can help beginners and experienced climbers taken on this westward facing stone outcrop and give you a whole new perspective of Valley below.
While in Nelson, Angel visits the cascading waterfall trail known as Crabtree Falls. Located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Crabtree Falls is the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi. This family friendly trail is about 2.5 miles long and takes about one and a half hours to get to the top and experience some amazing Nelson County views. George Washington National Forest Day use fee runs your $3 per car and is well worth the experience. Pack a lunch and maybe even some local spirits to enjoy once you make it to the top! Just remember what you pack in, pack it out.
Crabtree Falls also accesses the Appalachian Trail, welcoming thru-hikers through parts of Nelson Country. However sections and peaks on The Appalachian Trail in Nelson county are some of the most popular among regional day hikers and weekend backpackers so don’t count out making a trip to enjoy just even a tiny section of this 2,200 miles long trail stretching from Georgia to Maine. One of the supporters is Devil’s Backbone, who has been supporting thru-hikers and the AT conservancy since 2012. Devil’s Backbone, a restaurant and brewpub located in the heart of Nelson County, donates $1 from every sale of a case of their Trail Angel Weiss to the AT Conservancy.
If you’re looking for a memorable family vacation with fantastic views Wintergreen resort is the perfect getaway. Spanning 11,000 acres, the four-season mountain resort features zip-lines, summer and winter tubing, archery, mountain biking, indoor and outdoor swimming, alpine skiing in the winter and much more family fun. Condominiums, homes, and hotels are available on property to stay for a memorable time.
Nelson County has loads to offer the outdoor adventure seeker, beginner or otherwise. We hope you’re able to take a trip and spend some time in one of Virginia’s best kept secrets. If not, experience these adventures with our host, Angel Verde, you can watch this episode now on Amazon Prime Video!