A perfect place to experience all four seasons, Nelson County is set in between the James River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. An outdoor lover's dream, Nelson County offers literally every recreation under the sun including tubing, boating, hiking, biking running, skiing, rock climbing and more!
Visitors flock from around the country to Wintergreen Resort—an 11,000 acre retreat on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort includes conference and special event space, multiple lodging options, three restaurants, a spa, shopping and more. Outdoor activities include two golf courses, skiing and snow sports, fishing and hiking; just to name a few.
Nelson County is home to the five wineries that make up the western arm of the Monticello Wine Trail. Many of the wineries offer special events in addition to their usual tasting hours such as live music, barbecues and more. Wineries in Central Virginia are also popular spots for weddings and parties. Nelson County is also home to two spectacular breweries—Blue Mountain Brewery and Devil's Backbone Brewery.
Nelson has acclaimed notoriety as the home of Walton's Mountain creator Earl Hamner, Jr., who drew on his experiences growing up in the county to create the popular television series. The Walton's Mountain Museum draws 90,000 visitors per year from the U.S. and abroad.