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Blue Ridge Parkway
Virginia's 214 Parkway miles link Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Nelson County segment - which extends 30 miles - leads travelers through the Blue Ridge Mountains between mileposts 0 and 30, and offers compelling views plus opportunities for short side trips to local attractions. The Parkway is a designated route on the Trans-America Bicycle Trail. Many overlooks and picnic areas.  Parkway begins off Rt 250 at Afton Mountain, access from Routes 664, 56 and 814. Open daily all year around weather permitting. Facilities open May-October
Oak Ridge Estate
The mansion on this 5,000 acre estate was first built in 1802 and acquired at the turn of the century by Thomas Fortune Ryan, a Nelson County native who had become one of the 10 wealthiest men in the nation. He made impressive alterations to the buildings and grounds - adding a formal Italian garden, rotunda greenhouse, railroad station, horse racing track, etc.   Rt 653, 2 Miles East of Hwy 29, Just South of Lovingston
Wintergreen Performing Arts
Concerts of classical and popular music offered during the summer months on the ski slopes at Wintergreen Resort. Other local venues include the Rockfish Presbyterian Church in Nellysford. Look under Events to find their schedule of performances. Most concerts take place in the John D.Evans Performing Arts Center on the slopes at Wintergreen Resort
Driving Tours
The Nelson County visitor center has driving tours of agricultural and historic areas. Apple blossom tours (mid-April) take in 5 local apple orchards. Also, bicycle tours and suggested motorcycle tours available.  Visitor Center is on Hwy 29 in Lovingston. Open 7 days a week from 9-5
Woodson's Mill Built in 1794, reconstructed in 1845. Uses water-driven millstones to grind wheat, corn and other grains. This 4-story post-and-beam structure, which also houses a cider press is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mill not open to the public, but you are welcomed to view Mill from the grounds. Rt 778 in Lowesville, one mile from Rt 151.
Spring/Summer Activities
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Free Pools at Wintergreen for Our
There are two HOA Pools at Wintergreen for free use by our renters:

Chestnut Springs Pool and Pavilion/Playground: 94 Timber Camp Drive (MT) (10 minutes away by car)

Rodes Farm Pool, Pavilion and Tennis Court: 1070 Rodes Farm Drive (Valley) (20 minutes away by car).

They are heated and have lifeguards during the day and the kids will really enjoy them.
Summer pool hours are 10 am to 6 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. Pools are closed everyday between 9 am to 10 am for daily maintenance and Thursday from 6 pm to Friday 10 am for maintenance.
Indoor Pool, Spa and Fitness There is also a well-equipped exercise center with experienced staff and Wintergreen offers the very best in total body fitness while surrounding you with a truly rejuvenating environment. The center has a large indoor pool that is open all year and outdoor hot tubs. This center is open daily and has a fee of $15/person over the age of 5 (age 5 and under are free) - we do not get any discounts, but a season ski pass does get you a small (approximately 10-15% discount) discount. The Wintergarden Spa and Fitness Center indoor pool is open year-round. All Wintergreen outdoor pools are open daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Outdoor pools are located at the Aquatics & Fitness Center, Mountain Village (behind the Mountain Inn) and Stoney Creek Golf Course. For more information on pools call 434-325-8280.
Summer Kids Programs The Treehouse is the starting point for numerous activities for children ages 2½ - 14 of all abilities. Counselors, supervisors and managers all join the fun with lots of energy and creative programming - with nothing but adventure in mind.  
Fishing at Wintergreen

Providing excellent fishing is Stoney Creek itself where it flows within the boundaries of Wintergreen. The trout stream is stocked annually and offers lots of opportunities for catching fish up to 20 inches. The stream is limited to fly fishing only with barbless hooks and is a “catch and release” area.

As in other waters of the Commonwealth, a fishing license is required.
State Fish Hatchery
Each year approximately 170,000 newly-hatched brook, brown and rainbow trout are nurtured to maturity at this rearing station, then released to stock all trout waters east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fish at various stages of maturity are visible in cascading pools. The facility is operated by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Picnic tables and restrooms are available. "Fish food" available so children can feed the fish. Close to Crabtree Falls Rt 690, off Rt 56 in Montebello, 3 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway. Open 8 am - 3:30 pm. Free admission
Lake Monocan
Canoeing and Paddle Boat Rentals

Lake Monocan at Wintergreen Resort offers lake canoeing and paddle boat rentals. Canoe, paddle boat and funyaks rentals by the hour. Open weekends in May and September and daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours: 10am - 6 pm and 10am - 7 pm on Saturdays in July and August.
Boat Launch - Wingina Picnic sites, fishing, boat ramp. Across the river and 4-miles downstream of new James River State Park. James River, Route 56.
Boat Launch - Lake Nelson Picnic sites, fishing. Good for canoes, kayaks, row boats and electric powered boats. On Route 812 south of Lovingston off Route 655.
Boat Launch - Tye River Park Picnic sites, fishing. Suitable for canoes and kayaks (white water) Check water level before launching. On the Tye River, Route 56, south-east of Tyro.
Boat Launch - James River Wildlife Mgmt Area Watchable wildlife, picnic sites, hiking and bicycling trails. On the James River, 2 miles downstream from Wingina. On Route 626 near Mid-way Mills.
Canoe/Kayak Run - Rockfish River This run is scenic with just enough twists and turns to make it interesting. No rapids, but some good paddling skills required. It should take about two to two-and-a-half hours. Check water levels first. Put-in by the bridge on Route 6 and take-out at the Nelson County Wayside on Hwy 29.
Canoe/Kayak, Tube Livery - James River Runners
Canoeing, inner tubing, rafting, kayaking, camping, and fishing on the James River . Trip lengths vary from half-day to overnight camping trips. Base camp at historic Hatton Ferry 5 miles outside of Scottsville. All trips include: river equipment (canoe, kayak, raft or inner tube), paddles, life vests, parking, transportation, tie down rope, trip briefing, and maps. 2 persons per canoe on all trips, 4 or 5 persons per raft on all trips, 1 person per Kayak, 1 person per inner tube.  
Canoe/Kayak, Tube Livery - James River Reeling & Rafters
James River Reeling and Rafting specializes in canoeing, half day trip to an overnight trip. Also tubing 2-4 hours, kayaking half day to all day. Some of the best small mouth bass fishing on the East Coast.   Located in historic downtown Scottsville on the beautiful Horseshoe Bend of the James River.
Fall/Winter Activities
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Wintergreen - Ski and Snowboard Wintergreen Resort was named by readers of the web site as the BEST SKI RESORT in the Mid-Atlantic region! We're all looking forward to opening day - expected to be Saturday, November 26, 2005  
Year-Round Activities
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Bicycling - Road Tours
800-282-8223 or 434-263-7015
The Nelson County Visitor Center has county maps and cue sheets for various bicycle tours that range from moderate to very difficult.  Five loops have been mapped out: Oak Ridge Loop-29 miles, Walton's Museum Loop-31 miles, Woodson's Mill Loop-24 miles, Blue Ridge Parkway from Love North-40 miles and Blue Ridge Parkway from Love South-22 miles.    
Blue Ridge Rail Trail The first 2 miles of the trail has been completed between Piney River and Roses Mill. The trail is opened for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It's a beautiful easy trail along the Piney River. The future trail will travel another 5 miles along the railroad bed to Tye River.  There are parking lots at both ends of the trail. Parking for horse trailers is available at Piney River. The Trail is open sunrise to sunset. At this time there are no restroom facilities.
Bicycling - Mountain Bikes
Wintergreen Resort has rapidly become a top destination for both international and regional travelers looking for a fun and educational mountain bike ride. Wintergreen offers a 12.5 mile 3000 foot downhill, a mountain bike park and shuttle service back to the top. Combine this with over 80 miles of trails in the adjacent George Washington National Forest and we have over 116 miles of trails. Two of these have been voted the BEST in the Mid Atlantic.  
Horseback Riding at Rodes Farm Stables
Imagine horseback riding through the spectacular Rockfish Valley and witnessing the beauty of the sun setting behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. Experienced rider guides you through scenic Stoney Creek trails. Pony rides for kids, sunset trail rides, riding lessons, escorted rides, hacks for the advanced rider and more. Trail rides are offered daily, mid-March through November, except Wednesdays.
Hiking - Appalachian Trail
Twenty-five miles of the Appalachian Trail lie in Nelson County with moderately challenging to rugged terrain. It is accessible from Route 56 in Tyro and at trail crossings along the Blue Ridge Parkway: Reeds Gap/Route 664, and Rockfish Gap/Afton Mountain. You can also access the AT from the Crabtree Falls trail by continuing on the trail another half mile beyond the top of the waterfall. Detailed trail maps are available at the visitor center on Highway 29 in Lovingston.
Hiking - Crabtree Falls Trail
Crabtree Falls trail re-opened with a 50-65 vehicle parking lot and a universally accessible trail from the parking lot to the first overlook at the falls. In addition, a universally accessible toilet is available. Off Route 56. Dawn to dusk. Nelson County visitor center 
Hiking - Nelson County Wilderness Area The Wilderness designation provides permanent protection for the two areas in their natural state. The Priest (nearly 6,000 acres) rises from an elevation of about 1,000 feet at the Tye river to 4,063 feet. It is one of Virginia's most prominent peaks and provides the backdrop for Crabtree Falls.  Three Ridges (4,608 acres) is one of the wildest and most rugged areas in the Virginia Blue Ridge. Several rock outcrops provide stunning views of the surrounding areas. The Appalachian Trail runs through both areas for nearly 13 miles and the Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the western boundary of Three Ridges. The wilderness designation allows continued hunting, fishing, hiking, picnicking, camping and other traditional uses. The designation does not allow roads, motorized vehicles, structures, etc.  
Hiking - Wintergreen Nature Foundation
The Wintergreen Nature Foundation has marked and maintains 25 miles of scenic trails in the mountains. Information and trail maps are available through the nature foundation's office at the Trillium House at Wintergreen.    
Golf, Tennis, Skiing, Swimming - Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen Resort has 45 holes of nationally-ranked golf, 20 ski slopes and trails, a tubing park, 23 tennis courts a 20-acre lake, boat rentals and 6 swimming pools. Resort recreation facilities are open to the public at a daily rate.  
Clay Shooting - Orion Shotgun Sports Center
The Orion Shotgun Sports Center & Corporate Training Facility is a recreational sporting and professional development facility located on the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County.  Orion's Shotgun Sports Center features sporting clays and other exciting clay target sports beautifully set into the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Orion's world class woodland sporting clays course is fully automated with Superior Traps, equipped with a 50' tower and highlighted with handsome shooting stations.  The semiprivate membership based facility caters to shotgun sports enthusiasts, and corporate groups.  Private instruction, seminars, schools and private functions can be scheduled.  
Outdoor Wilderness Leadership School
Mountain dirt biking, kayaking, rappelling, backpacking, corporate development courses. Located at Wintergreen Resort.  
Out of Bounds Adventure Center
Located at Wintergreen Resort . Adrenaline-pumping activities, including aggressive in-line skating, mountain biking (self-guided), paintball, a 25-foot climbing tower, basketball, volleyball, and a skateboard park with half-pipes and quarter-pipes. The Out of Bounds rental shop provides trail maps as well as the finest names in sporting and safety gear. May - October (weather permitting) Wintertime activities include snow boarding and tubing.  
For more information please contact: or 703-339-9617