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If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please contact us at (434)263-7130 or email recreation@nelsoncounty.org


Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty of the long awaited Blue Ridge Tunnel but are physically unable to make the walk up to the tunnel?  We will help you with that dream on Saturday, September 24th during our Accessibility Day.  We will have golf carts running on rotation to provide those with limited mobility a chance to ride up and see the Eastern portal, a ride through the tunnel and then witness the picture worthy stone archway entrance on the Western portal before returning to the Eastern Trailhead parking lot.  The event will take place from 9am – 1pm at the Eastern Trailhead parking lot located at 215 Afton Depot Lane in Afton, VA. Members of the Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation and Nelson County Parks and Recreation will be on hand to offer historical guidance of the tunnel and restoration project that took place prior to opening in November 2020.

You must pre-register for your time slot. 

Registrations will OPEN on Thursday August 25 at 9am.  

Register online or by calling our office at (434)263-7130.

Register online at www.nelsoncountyrecreation.com.

How To Register Your Group
1. Only 1 person from your group will be required to register.
2. Create an account if you do not already have access to our system. If you already have an account from a previous activity registration with NCPR, please log-in.
3. Choose one of the 5 available carts based on your group size.
Carts 1&2 will seat 4-5 passengers
Carts 3-5 will seat 1-3 passengers
*If your selected cart does not match your group size, you may be asked to switch.
2. Select an available time slot. ("Seats Left" indicates cart availability as a whole)


If you have any questions regarding the event, please call Nelson County Parks and Recreation at (434)263-7130 or email recreation@nelsoncounty.org.

Date and Time: September 24, 2022 9am - 1pm
Phone: (434) 263-7130
Location: Blue Ridge Tunnel - East Trailhead
Address: 215 Afton Depot Ln, Afton, VA


Short Race...Long on Fun. Race solo or as a team of 2-4 people.
Run 1.5 miles,  Paddle .75 mile, & Bike 2.5 miles
Awards for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishers in each class
Classes: Solo-Youth, Male, Female   Team- All Male, All Female, Coed

Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Registration forms can be printed and mailed in with payment.
Date and Time: Saturday April 9, 2022 Register/Check In: 9am-10:30am at Rose Mill Trailhead. Race Starts: 11:30am Awards Ceremony: 1:00pm at Piney River Trailhead
Fee: Solo: $20, Team of 2: $35, Team of 3 or 4: $45, Family: $45
Contact: Jerry West
Phone: (434)263-7130

Come out to the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail (Piney River Trailhead) next Saturday March 19 from 9am-12pm as we open up the Depot and Caboose for public tours. This event is dedicated in memory of Ted Hughes who was the lead designer is restoring the historic caboose that used to travel the tracks where is now the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail. Local historians will also be on hand to show off the interior of the historic Piney River Depot with a display of history related to the railways past.\
Phone: (434) 263-7130
Location: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail - Piney River Trailhead
Address: 3124 Patrick Henry Hwy, Piney River, VA

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