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Nelson County

Welcome to Nelson County

Nelson County is a stunning area in Central Virginia with a collection of several towns and communities. Possibly best known for the Wintergreen Resort, you’ll find this county just southwest of Charlottesville among the Blue Ridge Mountains. This coveted spot comprises communities like Afton, Lovingston, Nellysford, Piney River, and Tyro and neighborhoods like Glen Mary and Wintergreen. Each region offers a different atmosphere and amenities, but finding the perfect one for you should be easy. Nelson County residents enjoy plenty of green spaces and great outdoor activities.


Residential spots in Nelson County offer a variety of homes and locations. Settle into one of the neighborhoods at the base of the mountain and enjoy stunning views. Homes come in a range of lot sizes. You’ll find traditional single-family homes, ranches, and custom-built estates with attractive and mature landscaping. Or, choose a luxurious mountainside estate with seclusion and opportunities to explore nearby trails. Whether you prefer the luxury of privacy or the amenities of a gated community, you’ll find the perfect home in Nelson County.



What to Love

  • Stunning estates and scenery
  • Plenty of outdoor recreation
  • Home to the 151 Wine Trail



Local Lifestyle

Those living in Nelson County love the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rolling hills of Virginia’s wine country. This area is well-known for being home to Highway 151, which houses over 20 wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Having the Wintergreen Resort as the area’s hub provides resort-style living for residents during every season. You’ll also enjoy several organic farms and locally-owned spots for dining and shopping. Access to Charlottesville makes this the ideal location for those looking to commute or simply wanting to indulge in a quiet lifestyle.



Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

As home to one of the best wine trails in Virginia, residents are provided with over 20 spots to enjoy delicious local brews, wines, and meals. Whether you want to indulge in the best barbecue or enjoy a night under the stars sipping wine, Nelson County has it.

The Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub offers a lodge-like atmosphere with stunning views. Guests can indulge in local lagers and ales while feasting inventive pub fare. There are several locations in the area offering a slightly different selection.

Bold Rock Nellysford Cidery is a beautiful location in Nellysford that offers samplings of hard ciders, delicious bites, and gorgeous views. Sit inside the cabin-like building near the fireplace and try a cider flight, or enjoy the outdoor deck and patio with sweeping mountain views. Down the hill at the entrance is the distillery, where you can sample bourbon or indulge in a craft cocktail.

Highway 151 features some of the best wineries in Central Virginia, but none quite as incredible as Hazy Mountain Vineyards & Brewery and Veritas Vineyard and Winery. Hazy Mountain takes you up a winding mountain road alongside a gorgeous set of buildings that house the tasting rooms. Step inside, and you’ll find the decor elegant and luxurious, but outside on the back patios, you’ll find the views unlike anything else. Order a charcuterie platter, one of their flatbreads, and a glass of wine, and enjoy a quiet afternoon on the mountain. Veritas Vineyard is also mountainside but offers an elegant and secluded atmosphere. The stunning and sleek tasting room has two levels and delicious wine and farm-to-table menu options.



Things to Do

Nelson County offers residents a vast assortment of things to experience, whether it’s the ample recreation at Wintergreen Resort or the stunning natural beauty of the mountains. The Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington is a gorgeous 1802 estate with stunning mountainside views. Spend a sunny afternoon visiting the estate house and grounds, or explore the trails nearby. Several events are also held here throughout the year.

Wintergreen Resort is the area's hub and boasts an impressive selection of amenities. Guests enjoy golf, racquet sports, an on-site spa, swimming, fitness centers, skiing, and hiking trails. The resort also offers several shopping and dining options to accommodate everyone’s needs. Their website provides a glimpse at the various events held throughout the year so that you can plan your visit accordingly.

Those who love exploring and hiking will love nearby Crabtree Falls in Tyro. This stunning waterfall is a moderate hike, landing at roughly two and a half miles there and back. On the way to the top, you’ll experience more than five cascades and gorgeous views. Once at the top, you can connect to the Appalachian Trail - Tye River Bridge and travel further or return to the parking area.




Residents in Nelson County attend Nelson County Public Schools.

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