Rockfish Valley Loop Trails

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.

North Fork of the Piney River
The river offers pleasing views of cascading rapids. Also it is stocked for fishing, there are some good swimming holes. Directions from Crabtree Falls on State Route 56: head East on Route 56 to the village of Massies Mill, then turn right to go West on Route 666. Stay on Route 666 for a total of approximately 4 miles through Dickie Brothers Orchard. Just past the packing shed, the road becomes a gravel road then winds up and over the mountain offering great views along the way. At the bottom of the other side of the mountain, turn right on to Route 827. Route 827 goes into the George Washington National Forest and parallels the North Fork of the Piney River. You may pull over to the side anywhere there is enough space (except where private property is posted) and walk beside the river.

Spy Rock Trail to Appalachian Trail
A 1.3 mile moderately strenuous hike from the Montebello Fish Hatchery up to the Appalachian Trail and to Spy Rock, probably the best viewpoint in the central Blue Ridge. Directions from State Route 56 at Crabtree Falls: Take 56 west towards Montebello. Turn left onto 690 to Montebello Fish Hatchery. A small parking lot for hikers is available beyond the hatchery buildings to the right (follow the sign).

Virginia Blue Ridge Rail Trail
4.5 miles of the 7 mile trail has been completed. The trail is opened for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The trail head begins in Piney River on SR 151 and ends in Roses Mill on SR 674, meandering along the northern bank of the Piney River. At this time there are no restroom facilities. Parking for cars and horse trailers is available at Piney River. A smaller lot for cars only is located at the intersection of the trail and Roses Mill Rd at milepost 1.8 of the trail. The trail is open sunrise to sunset. The future trail will travel along the railroad bed to Tye River Depot.

Nelson County Wilderness Area
The wilderness designation provides permanent protection for the two areas in their natural state. The Priest (nearly 6,000 acres) rises from an elevation of about 1,000 feet at the Tye River to 4,063 feet. Three Ridges (4,608 acres) is one of the wildest and most rugged areas in the Virginia Blue Ridge.

White Rock Falls
A 2.5-mile moderate hike, the highlights is the impressive gorge, which has a water fall and a natural wading pool. Directions from SR 56 at Crabtree Falls: Take SR 56 west to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Slacks Overlook. Park at the Slacks Overlook and the trail starts about 60 yards ahead on the right side of the Blue Ridge Parkway as you head north. Sign). – moderate hike.