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Nelson County land and farms offers investors, developers, homebuyers and outdoor enthusiasts good transportation access, skilled labor and reasonably priced real estate. Located in the Piedmont in the central part of the state, land in Nelson County is midway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. The 474-square-mile county borders Augusta, Albemarle, Buckingham, Appomattox, Amherst and Rockbridge counties. The rural area is home to 14,930 residents. Farming and tourism, including hunting and fishing, are major components of the local economy. Farming encompasses 67,841 acres, and crops are 83% of agricultural sales. Fruits such as apples and berries are the largest crops and are used by the 10 wineries and two cideries. There also are five craft breweries and two distilleries. Parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway, George Washington National Forest and US National Radio Quiet Zone offer hiking, biking and quiet. The perfect place for a get-away camp, hunters stalk deer, bears, grouse and other small game. And fishermen enjoy snagging fish from the James, Rockfish, Tye and Piney rivers that are favorite places to catch large- and smallmouth bass and blue gill. Browns, rainbows and brooks can be taken by fly. Road access is easy with I-64, US Highway 29 and US Highway 60. Other attractions include the 10,800-acre Wintergreen Resort that offers downhill skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, golf and tennis. Portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail also attract visitors. Nelson County Public Schools provides K-12 public education.