HIKING: LOOPS & TRAILS
A circuit or loop hike is one where you can start and end at the same point without having to go “out and back” on the same trail. By combining more than one trail, you’ll traverse different scenery and terrain. The beauty of these types of hikes is that you don’t have to get worried about getting lost – as long as you pay attention!
DelFosse Trail at Deer Rock
This 5.5 mile loop trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers and scheduled ATV rides. The trail was built by Nelson County at the DelFosse Winery, with funds from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The trail winds through a mountainside of massive rocks, new and old growth forest, and interesting flora and fauna. Views of the winery and surrounding mountains are spectacular. After your hike or ride, stop in for a wine tasting or pack your picnic and enjoy the scenery. Open 9 am until dusk. Children are welcome. Pets are welcome on a leash.
For more information and directions, contact the Nelson County Department of Parks and Recreation – 434-263-7130
500 DelFosse Winery Lane
Faber, Virginia 22938
Fortune’s Cove Nature Preserve
THE PRESERVE provides a challenging hike that rewards visitors with stunning mountain vistas. The preserve is situated within some 29,000 acres of relatively intact forest habitat and hosts rare plant communities on a series of rocky glades. The 5.5-mile loop trail climbs steeply from the parking area, gaining some 1,500 feet in elevation before reaching its highest point. A parking area and informational kiosk at the base of the cove will help orient visitors.
From Route 29 north at Lovingston, take Route 718 (Mountain Cove Road) to Route 651 (Fortune’s Cove Lane).
Henry Lanum Memorial Trail & the Mt. Pleasant Spur
A 4.8 mile circuit hike through the MT. PLEASANT NATIONAL SCENIC AREA that encompasses two 4,000 foot mountains to Mt. Pleasant and Pompey Mountain. This well-marked course from start to finish is a loop not so heavily traveled, and consequently it offers people a bit more solitude. Take a short spur trail (.3 miles) to see the spectacular views from Mt. Pleasant.
From SR 56 at Crabtree Falls – take SR 56 west to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Follow the BRP south to US Route 60.
Take RT 60 east to SR 634 (Davis Mill Creek Road).
Continue on SR 634 to intersection with SR 755 (Wiggins Springs Road).
Follow SR 755 to the end of state maintenance and continue on Forest Development Road 48.
Montebello Nature Trail
A short trail (.5 mile) follows a small stream that was once part of the Montebello Fish Hatchery. The path is lined with a wide diversity of ferns as well as native shrubs and wildflowers. Relax on one of the benches and listen for the Louisiana water thrush or watch dragonflies skimming the stream. Entrance just above the dam. The trail is always open. Follow Route 56 to Montebello.
359 Fish Hatchery Lane
Montebello, VA 24464
Rockfish Valley Loop Trails
Experience the Rockfish River and Reid’s Creek on approximately 4 miles of trails on a farm surrounding the confluence. Part of the VIRGINIA BIRDING AND WILDLIFE TRAIL, these paths offer recreation and interaction with nature and history. Currently open for hiking only, these are mowed grass and dirt trails, and have a nearly flat grade throughout, although surrounded by spectacular mountain views.
Parking is located at SPRUCE CREEK PARK at old Wintergreen, and on the southwest side of the Route 151 bridge over the Rockfish River. Open sunrise to sunset.