Touring Trails are an easy and convenient way to enjoy what Nelson County has to offer. The Brew Ridge Trail and the Nelson 151 trail are great ways to sample wine from our wineries and craft beer from our three breweries along Rt. 151. Along Rt. 29, follow the Jefferson Heritage Trail from Monticello near Charlottesville (through Nelson County) to Poplar Forest in Lynchburg – a trail featuring lodging, restaurants, wineries and more. And the new Virginia BBQ Trail features some of Nelson County’s best places for barbecue!

Scenic drives include the Midland Trail (on Rt. 60) and the Nelson Scenic Loop, and for those seeking outdoor adventures, try Fish Virginia First (for the fisherman), the Kids in Parks Track Trail (especially for kids), and Watchable Wildlife Loops (for birders and wildlife watchers). And, you can shop for fine art and crafts along the Monticello Artisan Trail.

Brew Ridge Trail

The BREW RIDGE TRAIL is a self-guided tour featuring six of the nation’s best craft breweries. With everything from lagers to stouts, there’s something for everyone along the trail. The six breweries along the Trail include Blue Mountain Brewery, Blue Mountain Barrel House, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, South Street Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Four of the breweries are in Nelson County along scenic Route 151; Starr Hill is in nearby Crozet, and South Street Brewery is in Charlottesville.

The self-guided tour allows you to check out all of our breweries at your leisure. Each brewery offers Sample Tastings of their craft beers, allowing you to try out a variety of what they produce. Otherwise, draft beer and bottled beer are generally available, and growler fills can be purchased for selected brews. Start planning your trip, using the Trail Map on the website, and you’ll be sipping in no time!

WEBSITE

Nelson 151

Located at the base of the Blue Ridge, Route 151 is Main Street for the Rockfish Valley. This northern part of Nelson County is home to 5 wineries, 3 breweries, 1 cidery, cozy Bed & Breakfasts, friendly farmers, spectacular views, and so much more.

ALONG THE TRAIL (north to south) you’ll find: Afton Mountain Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Blue Mountain Brewery, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Flying Fox Vineyard, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

Follow the TRAIL MAP along scenic Route 151 and find out why Nelson County is THE destination for Virginia wine, mead, craft beer, hard cider, local food & outdoor recreation lovers!

Jefferson Heritage Trail

From Monticello in Charlottesville to Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Lynchburg — follow the JEFFERSON HERITAGE TRAIL and experience unique Jeffersonian attractions and culture. Visit our wineries, breweries and distillery and enjoy a tasting – Stay in a quaint B & B – discover a nature trail, hike the Blue Ridge or kayak the mighty James – pick fresh fruit from an orchard or take home a case of cider – take in a play or a farm-to-table dinner – stroll through antique shops in country towns – explore rural museums and historic sites – brush up on American history and chat with Jefferson scholars.

In addition to the WEBSITE, local tourism bureaus have up-to-date details on specific events & attractions: Amherst County Tourism, Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau, Discover Lynchburg, and Nelson County Visitors Center.

Blue-Ridge-Fruit-Loop

From May until December, taste & tour the places that grow the freshest fruits and berries in Nelson and Amherst counties. Select from a wide variety of apples, Asian pears, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, strawberries, sweet cider, fruit jams, jellies, and more! From pre-picked (fruit) or pick-your-own (fruit or berries), find your favorites while enjoying spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Visit all 11 farms: Blue Ridge Fruit Company, Critzer Family Farm, Dickie Brothers Orchard, Drumheller’s Orchard, Fitzgerald’s Orchard, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, Morris Orchard, Saunders Brothers, Seamans’ Orchard, Silver Creek Orchards and Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards.

Artisan-Trail-Virginia-Monticello

Handcrafted and locally grown in Nelson and Albemarle Counties. The MONTICELLO ARTISAN TRAIL includes the beautiful landscapes of Nelson County and Albemarle County. Travel the Monticello Trail and discover the beauty of the mountains and valleys that local artisans call home. A wonderful place to explore with family and friends, it will surely create lasting memories!

Take a personal journey of discovery in an area that is internationally recognized for its history, natural beauty, and artisan traditions! The Monticello Artisan Trail provides a self-guided journey through the back roads as you discover the treasures of Nelson and Albemarle Counties.

  • Visit the historical landmarks
  • Meet the artisans who define the region’s vibrant heritage
  • Sample locally produced foods & see where they’re grown
  • Linger along the scenic byways, waterways and greenways
  • Enjoy award winning local wines and craft beers
  • Extend your day trip into an overnight, with a memorable stay at one of our wonderful lodging options.

The Virginia Spirits Trail

Here in Virginia, we take great pride in putting our souls into every bottle of distilled spirits because we know that small batches take time, heart, and spirit. We believe in farm to bottle, continuously focusing on the small batches. Every bottle is unique; it is 750ml of one-of-a-kind liquid art, crafted from grains to glass, right here in the Commonwealth.

As the birthplace of American distilled spirits, Virginia’s heritage has taught us to chase the undiscovered. We invite you to visit our distilleries, meet our spirits’ caretakers, the craftsmen and women who are eager to welcome you with warm hospitality, while sharing anecdotes behind every barrel of Virginia whiskey, behind each bottle of Virginia gin, behind every glass of Virginia brandy and more.