Sherando Lake is just four miles from the Wintergreen gatehouse on the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Open from the first of April to the end of October, this U.S. Forest Service park offers fishing, camping, and picnicking sites in shaded areas along its streams. The national park site has swimming in the summer on a sandy beach of a 25-acre mountain spring-fed lake. Access to multiple trailheads and classic rustic architecture (the recreation area first opened in 1936) makes the park popular for both leisurely walks and active hikes.
This much-honored non-profit veterinary hospital for wildlife is teaching the world how to care about and to care for wildlife and the environment. The center, just outside of Waynesboro, VA, annually treats about 2,500 wild animals.
Ski in the winter; golf in the summer, spring and fall; play tennis; swim in the pools or the lake at Stoney Creek or, just relax with fine dining at Virginia’s premier four-season vacation resort in the middle of the unique, beautiful mountain and valley property The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen calls its home.
The scenic highway connecting Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee is not the quickest way to travel to Wintergreen, but it’s the shortest drive from I-64 from the west and it is the most fun and interesting way to get here.
First-time visitors to The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen are often delighted with the many shops, restaurants, wineries and breweries they encounter on their way through Nelson County to Wintergreen on Route 151.
The local government’s website maintains a calendar of events as well as links with information on many worthwhile places to visit.
This independent, non-profit organization not only produces high-quality music events in and around Wintergreen (including a month-long summer music festival and academy in July), but offers outstanding live theatre and insightful lectures from renown experts as well. The Nature Foundation often collaborates by offering special tours, programs and hikes as well as providing Trillium House as a venue.
The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, located in Martinsville, is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all. As the state’s museum of natural history serving the entire Commonwealth and beyond, VMNH has award-winning exhibits, ground-breaking scientific research and collections, and innovative educational programs for all ages.
Also of note…
Wintergreen Police – Dial 911 for emergencies. The gatehouse at Wintergreen is staffed by police 24/7.
Wintergreen Fire & Rescue –Volunteers and professionals aim to provide the best possible pre-hospital care and fire suppression for the citizens of Wintergreen and our neighbors in the surrounding counties.
Wintergreen Property Owners Association – The WPOA is responsible for the roads and common areas and provides for the management and funding of the public safety and security services.
Farmers Market in Nellysford – Open on Saturday mornings from mid-April through October, dozens of vendors offer flowers, plants, fresh produce, meats, cheeses, wool and eggs directly from area farms, along with an array of high-quality breads, jams with unique arts and crafts. Hot coffee, pastries and live music under the huge white tent on Route 151 makes it a party where literally everyone is invited.
Mountain Women – An informal networking and social support group with mechanisms to accommodate special interests, communication and neighborhood cohesion, as well as to contribute to the vitality of the greater Wintergreen community. Membership is open to all women who are full-time, part-time, seasonal or weekender mountain residents.
Wintergreen Mountain Homesteaders Association – A community organization composed of property owners living full- or part-time on Wintergreen Mountain.