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Horseback Vineyard Tours

Indian Summer Guide Service comes highly recommended!  Enjoy a horseback tour through some of Virginia's most beautiful vineyards lead by a knowledage guide!  After the ride, go inside for a complenentary wine tasting and to stock up on some favorites!  These tours can take place at Glass House Winery, King Family Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards or Veritas Vineyards.  This service runs year round, riders must be 21 or older and under 250 lbs.  Contact Ashton for more information at 434-531-9679 or email [email protected]

Hiking Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. The area offers a degree of isolation and freedom in a forest stream setting to both day hikers and backpackers. After crossing an arched wooden bridge spanning the Tye River, the trail wanders through rugged mountainside capturing scenic views of the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The trail provides views of the falls from overlooks designed to accent the beauty of the valley. The first overlook is just 700 feet from the lower parking lot, making it an excellent stopover for travelers. The more adventuresome hiker may continue to the other overlooks, to Crabtree Meadows where the trail ends, or to the Appalachian Trail just one-half mile beyond Crabtree Meadows. Peak season for the waterfalls is from winter through spring, when the water is high. Although the water flow is lower during the remainder of the year, the trail is still popular. Good hiking boots or comfortable shoes are recommended. During the winter, the trail may be covered with ice and should be traveled with extreme caution. Crabtree Falls is located ¼ mile north of The Cabins at Crabtree Falls off State Route 56. A parking area is provided.

Canoe & Kayak

Canoe and kayak on the beautiful and historic James River Basin. James River Basin Canoe Livery, Ltd. Offers canoeing for everyone from novice to whitewater champ, from fisherman to excursionist. Whether you want the thrill of fast water or the relaxation of slow, lazy paddling, whether youre looking for big game fish or beautiful scenery, they've got a trip for you. Go for a day or go for several and camp along the river at sites they have arranged for you to use. Open year round. May 1 to September 30, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Seven days a week. October 1 to April 30 by appointment.

James River Basin Canoe Livery, Ltd.
1870 East Midland Trail
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Virginias 214 mile-long stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway begins in Nelson County. It links the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The Parkway offers fabulous panoramic views and opportunities for short side trips to interesting local attractions. The Parkway is a designated route on the Transamerica Bicycle Trail. No admission fee.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Bicycling on Nelson County back roads

Nelson County contains 471 square miles of adventure and not one stoplight! Our quiet country roads wind along the Tye and James Rivers through meadows and pastures. In the mountains there are more demanding grades that will challenge even the most avid biker. On a bike you can see more of the Blue Ridge Mountain beauty which makes our county so special. Bring your bicycle and helmet and discover Nelson County by biking on our back roads!

Mountain Biking

If you are a mountain biking enthusiast, check out the mountain bike rentals, trails and programs at Wintergreen Resort. Located just 15 miles from The Cabins at Crabtree Falls, the Wintergreen program offers a 12.5 mile, 3000 square foot downhill mountain biking park and a shuttle service back to the top! The George Washington National Forest has an additional 80 miles of trails, two of which have been voted among the best in the mid-Atlantic. You can rent your equipment and hire a guide to go along.

Wintergreen Resort

Hike the Appalachian Trail

Here in Nelson County we have 25 miles of the Appalachian Trail meandering through the Blue Ridge. The trail passes through the Crabtree Falls area and over Main Top Mountain (Elev. 4,000 ft.), The Priest Mountain (Elev. 4,063 ft.) Three Ridges (Elev. 3,970 ft.) Black Rock (elev. 3,800 ft.) and Humpback (elev. 3,645 ft.). Whether you are on a day trip or attempting the entire trail, a walk on the AT is always a memorable adventure.

Appalachian Trail

Follow the Blue Ridge Art & Craft Trails

The Blue Ridge Art and Craft Trails invite you to embark on this creative meander through quaint towns and villages, farming communities and small cities, National Parks and historic districts. Experience a celebration of creativity in the many galleries along the trails as you discover the works of the potters, weavers, painters, sculptors, and wood-workers that produce some of Americas finest art and craft. Visit the heritage museums that chronicle our histories and enjoy the splendor of our landscapes. This guide is your compass on a journey through the past, present and future. As you travel, you will learn the story of a land and its people, the artists and craft producers that work here and the beauty their hands create. Come meet our people, feel our history, touch our tradition, and all along the way discover! 

Attend a Country Festival

There are dozens of local festivals that take place each year in Nelson County. Check the Nelson County Department of Tourism to see what events are taking place during your visit to The Cabins at Crabtree Falls.

Nelson County Department of Tourism
P. O. Box 636
Lovingston, Virginia 22949
(434) 263-7015

Trout Fishing

The North Fork of the Tye River is a noted trout stream. Bring your fly fishing gear. You may also wish to visit the fishing pond at Montebello.

Snow Skiing

Enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Wintergreen Ski Resort featuring 24 slopes, two six-person chair lifts, 100% computerized snowmaking, and a summit elevation of 3,800 feet! December through March. Wintergreen Resort is located on state route 664 just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 13 and 14 or state route 151 to route 664.

Wintergreen Resort

Horseback Riding

The Rodes Farm Stable in Stoney Creek offers horseback riding mid-March through November. Open every day except Wednesdays. Trail rides, sunset trail rides, pony rides for children, vaulting and lessons are available. Rides at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Rodes Farm Stable

Shopping, Dining and Antique Hunting

Nelson County has a wide variety of restaurants, shops and antique stores. The Nelson County Visitor Center has brochures listing many of these. Stop by the Visitor Center on U.S. Route 29 in Lovingston on your way to The Cabins at Crabtree Falls or visit their web site.

Nelson County Visitor Center
Lovingston, Virginia

Take in a show at the Theater at Lime Kiln

Up until the early 1980s, the Kiln Theatre was little more than a hole in the ground with tumbled-down stone walls. Now the theatre seats 388 and the natural ruins of a building with parts of its chimney still intact create a wonderful background for plays and create the perfect dance floor for concerts. The Bowl Theatre is an intimate amphitheater that is the perfect setting for listening to world class artists. Lime Kilns third theater is The Tent. Used only in case of rain, it provides both audience and artist with dry cover. For current shows and information, visit their web site. The Lime Kiln is located off exit 188 from Interstate 81. Follow Route 60 West through town approximately 4 miles to a left on Borden Road. Lime Kiln is 2/10 of a mile on the left.

Theater at Lime Kiln
14 South Randolph Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450\limekiln

Visit the Virginia Horse Center

This 378-acre facility for horse shows and exhibitions is one of the finest in the nation. Barns accommodate over 700 horses and the first-class coliseum seats over 4,000 spectators. Open mid-January through mid-December; check their web site for upcoming events.

Virginia Horse Center
P. O. Box 1051
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Visit Stonewall Jacksons House

Thomas Jonathan Jackson is known to the world as Stonewall Jackson, the Confederate general who earned his nickname for his stand at First Manassas and is best known for his brilliant leadership in the Valley Campaign of 1862. In Lexington, where Jackson lived and taught for ten years before the Civil War, he was known simply as Major Jackson. The Stonewall Jackson House at 8 East Washington Street is the only home that Jackson ever owned. Restored in 1979 by Historic Lexington Foundation, the house is furnished with many of Jacksons own possessions. Guided tours, conducted on the hour and half hour, provide information on Jacksons life and his family. Visitors may enjoy a walk through the restored garden and have the opportunity to browse in the museum shop. The house is a Registered National Landmark. Museum and shop hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The house is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Years Day and Easter. Admission is charged. Visit the Stonewall Jackson House by taking exit 188 from Interstate 81 and follow the signs to the Historic Lexington Visitor Center. The house is located one block west of the Visitor Center.

The Stonewall Jackson House
8 East Washington Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Visit Virginia Military Institute

Founded in 1839, VMI is the nations oldest state-supported military college. It seeks to educated the citizen-soldier for leadership roles in society.

Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Visit Cyrus McCormick Farm

This five-acre memorial plat at the Shenandoah Agricultural Research & Extension Center pays tribute to Cyrus McCormick and the ingenuity of the McCormick family. The memorial is designated a National Historic Landmark. Cyrus McCormick invented the first successful reaper and founded the harvesting machine industry. The worlds first successful mechanical reaper opened a new era in agriculture and made it possible for millions of people to leave the land and enter an industrial society. Visitors are welcome to tour the farm in Walnut Grove including the historic blacksmith shop turned museum, grist mill and manor house, which are National Historic Landmarks. Open daily 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free admission. Exit 205 off Interstate 81.

Cyrus McCormick Farm
P. O. Box 100 Steeles
Tavern, Virginia 24476


Wintergreen Resort offers two golf courses. The eighteen-hole Devils Knob course, elevation 4,000 feet, is the highest course in Virginia. The Stoney Creek course is a Rees Jones-designed, twenty-seven-hole course.

Wintergreen Resort

Visit Historic Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge is a privately owned 4,800 acre estate. Its restoration began in 1990 and will continue well into the 21st century. Visitors to Oak Ridge are afforded the opportunity to see the pieces of a faded dream being returned to their once-splendid grandeur. Step through history as the story of Oak Ridge and its owners unfolds. Robert Rives, an international merchant, built the original manor house in 1802 on his tobacco plantation. Thomas Fortune Ryan, born in Lovingston, and orphaned by the age of nine, became one of the ten richest men in the United States. In 1901, he returned to Nelson County and began building his own private Piedmont kingdom. He added two wings and a third floor to the original Rives manor. The 23,000 square-foot mansion became the centerpiece of his palatial estate which included a power plant for electricity, a movie theatre, a 700,000-gallon reservoir water system, blacksmith and carpentry shops, an early phone company, a railroad station, a formal Italian garden and schools. Oak Ridge is open for private tours throughout the year by advance appointment only. A variety of event and festivals are open to the general public. Oak Ridge is located 2.4 miles off U.S. Highway 29 on Routes 653 and 650 in Nelson County.

Oak Ridge Estate 
2300 Oak Ridge Road
Arrington, Virginia 22922

Visit the Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center.

Get a Swedish, Aromatherapy or Deep Tissue Massage at the Wintergarden Spa at Wintergreen Resort. Also available are facials, aromatherapy wrap, body polish or salt glow body treatments. Manicures and pedicures, highlights, color treatments cuts and waxing services complete the offerings. Reservations required.

Wintergarden Spa at Wintergreen Resort

Enjoy a stage performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Visit the Blackfriars Playhouse, an Elizabethean Theatre in Staunton, Virginia. See a Shakespeare play or a special holiday production.

The Blackfriars Playhouse

Enjoy an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Sporting Event at UVA

The University of Virginia is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference athletic division. Enjoy seeing some of our nations top NCAA teams compete at Scott Stadium, the new John Paul Jones Arena or other athletic venues at the University of Virginia.

University of Virginia

Our third time staying at the Cabins at Crabtree Falls, we decided to try out Jack's Place (we've stayed in Annie's, Barb's). The cabin is clean and the kitchen is well appointed with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. Mornings were spent sitting on the porch swing enjoying coffee and evenings at the fire pit. As stated on the website, the loft stair/ladder is not suitable for the elderly or young, but our daughter and niece had no problem enjoying their own spaces. The perfect touch was Beth Anne's just-out-of-oven welcome cookies on our first night. As suggested we scheduled a very fun 2-hour trail ride with Kenton of Appalachian Horse Adventures. After checking out on our last day, we headed out to Crabtree Falls. I am blown away that Beth Anne came to our rescue when we had car troubles - even though we had checked out hours earlier. Proof that it isn't just "for the money"; but a true love of what she does. We can't thank her enough. We will be back. Maybe we'll try out Richard's Place next? -Joanne S. via TripAdvisor

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