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About Lynchburg, Amherst & Nelson County Area

Lynchburg features a historic riverfront downtown, eclectic shopping, and now Snowflex, the only year-round, outdoor snow sports slope in the nation. Encircled by such renowned attractions as the National D-Day MemorialThomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Natural Bridge, Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, Patrick Henry’s Red Hill, visitors can discover unparalleled history, thrilling recreation, vibrant arts, and award-winning wineries.

Nelson County is best known as a destination to enjoy the great outdoors. Hike along the Appalachian Trail or to the top of Crabtree Falls, which is the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. There is abundant fresh water fishing on the Tye River, James River, Piney River, and Lake Nelson for all levels of experience. The county also features eleven watchable wildlife loops listed with the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail program.

Nelson County has multiple wineries, breweries, and the first Scottish-style whisky distillery in America and is also home to Wintergreen Resort, a four-season destination with skiing, golfing, mountain biking, spa, and family entertainment. More than 40 varieties of apples and peaches are grown in local orchards where spring apple blossoms paint the mountainsides pink and white, while every weekend in autumn, harvest festivals celebrate nature’s bounty. Orchards offer tours, pick your own experiences, and other farm products.

Nelson County is an easy drive to many celebrated sites including the homes of four U.S. presidents, among them Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello.

Stories from Lynchburg, Amherst and Nelson County Area

September 16, 2021
Virginia's creative and sometimes whimsical LOVEworks are a wonderful photo opportunity. Why not start a new tradition and make some family memories finding and photographing a few LOVE signs while enjoying the out of doors this year?
June 17, 2021
Many activities in the regions surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway are available year-round for free.
February 24, 2021
A drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is literally a trip through time. But there’s lots more history and heritage to experience along the Parkway beside the route itself.
January 25, 2021
Tips for planning your Blue Ridge Parkway travels that are useful every year, not just during a pandemic!
November 16, 2020
2020 has been a year of challenges. Even while staying at home we still seem to be busy. And with the cases of COVID-19 apparently on the rise across the country, maybe this holiday season is the time to take a romantic getaway in a nearby locale rather than gathering family members that live in different communities into one place and risking spreading the virus. Regardless of when you choose to enjoy a romantic getaway, we have some options and ideas for you to consider.
October 14, 2020
Fall color season is upon us and the hillsides are dotted with the reds of maples, sourwoods and sumac and the yellows of birches and yellow poplars. But even after the trees are bare, these routes offer sites worth visiting- they promise to tickle your taste buds, enthrall your eyes…
August 26, 2020
The Blue Ridge Mountains are dotted with farms producing everything from Christmas trees to trout. Fruit, flowers, herbs, jams, jellies, pies, wreaths and other crafts are all produced right here in the mountains.

Recommended Itineraries

Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
Lynchburg, VA offers some stunning examples of historic architecture. At various times in its history, influential people built Victorian and Georgian residences here and entrepreneurs during the years before and after the Civil War built factories and warehouses that are mainstays of Lynchburg’s Downtown. Many of these buildings are…
Region: Virginia
Duration:1 day
Take a turn off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 63.7 and wind your way through the beautiful scenery along route 501.  In just 30 minutes you’ll arrive in the urban center of Lynchburg, Virginia, where we’ve made it easy for you to get the kids out of the…
Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
Sweeping ridge-top curves and sunset-lit country roads converge in one divinely placed mountain town. Waynesboro, Virginia located at the base of Skyline Drive and Milepost 0 of the Blue Ridge Parkway offers the perfect base camp for motorcycle touring, with multiple days of beautiful riding and evening entertainment.