The county’s mountainous terrain offers vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the deep green splendor of the George Washington National Forest, with the wide, winding James River forming the southeast boundary.

Nelson County, Va.

Experience the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge, from our mountains to the mighty James River. Hike in and enjoy your time with us -meeting our folks, picking up mail & restocking at Montebello or wearing yourself out at our wineries, breweries and eateries. Relax. Nelson style.

45 miles of A.T. pass through our beautiful scenic county from the North Fork of the Piney River to Rockfish Gap.  The Trail is well maintained by the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club, The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club and The Tidewater Applachian Trail Club.

In 2012 Nelson County became an A.T. Community. Our Advisory Committee is made up of volunteers (Trail Angels and friends of the Trail), County officials and a representative of each of the three A.T. Clubs. Our first celebration as an A.T. Community was held on National Trails Day, June 1, 2013. Trail supporters in Montebello set up at the Fish Hatchery to provide lunch for hikers and information about the Trail to visitors. Down the road at Devils Backbone Brewery hikers and the general public were invited to “everything outdoors”, a mix a vendors, exhibits, bike races, music, camping and beer.

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These businesses support the Trail by taking part in the A.T. Community Supporter program.

Get Involved

Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club

Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC) is a volunteer based hiking club that provides opportunities for recreational hiking on the Appalachian Trail(A.T.) and other trails in central Virginia. NBATC volunteers maintain over 90 miles of the A.T. as well as other hiking trails in central Virginia for the benefit of current and future hikers. Learn more and become a member at

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC Volunteer Program

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help maintain the A.T. and assist in our visitor center and headquarters. Opportunities range from greeting visitors and providing information about local hikes to joining a Trail crew for week-long maintenance trips, gaining first-hand experience in what it takes to keep the A.T. open and enjoyable for millions each year. Learn more at