Welcome to RVF 

Our Foundation works hard to preserve the natural, historical, ecological and agricultural resources of the Rockfish Valley. We accomplish this by enriching the lives of our community by supporting the Rockfish Valley Loop Trail system, Spruce Creek Park and the lands associated with them. The mission furthers supports conservation, recreation, preservation, and environmental education and promotes a rural tourism experience in the Rockfish Valley of Nelson County, Virginia.


Latest News and Events:

#GivingTuesday2020 is a success!

The greater Nelson Community raised $1,020 through direct and campaign donations on GoFundMe over the past two days. The Rockfish Valley Foundation expresses it’s sincerest gratitude – as a result of your generosity, RVF will be able to provide the community with Spruce Creek Park and it’s Children’s Nature Trail, the Rockfish River Trails, the Natural History Center museum, and much more for years to come.

– RVF Hires Robert Jennings

RVF is pleased to have Robert Jennings join RVF as a part-time administrative assistant. Robert brings years of experience working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He currently also serves as volunteer president of the Central Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. Robert was already a Rockfish Valley neighbor and his new role will enable RVF to continue to build operational capacity. To contact Robert at RVF call 434-361-0271 or email robert@rockfishvalley.org. To visit Robert in the office at RVF (with adequate face mask), make arrangements by phone or email.

– RVF’s Fall 2020 Newsletter is out now!

Please use the arrows at the bottom left of the document to view subsequent pages.

4 Page Newsletter Revised Draft, Sept. 23rd (1)


– Highlights from RVF’s 15th Anniversary Celebrations

Please visit the event page for more details. To print the schedule, right-click on the image and select ‘save image as…’. The schedule will be saved your device and you will be able to print it. 

Jesus Najar and Peter Agelasto Discuss the History and Modern Objectives of the Nelson Scenic Loop

Co-Founder Betsy Agelasto speaks about the history of the Natural History Center and Earth Day

Chuck Bailey & Peter Agelasto dig into the geology of the Rockfish Valley

– Natural History Center closed until further notice; Rockfish trails and Spruce Creek Park remain open

The NHC’s opening date has been postponed from April 4th due to concerns about Covid-19 and public health. Please watch the highway sign at RVF and the RVF website for updates concerning museum opening. The Rockfish Valley Trails and Spruce Creek Park remain open for public use.

– Dominion cancels Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RVF is thrilled to announce that Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancelled the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline initiative due to delays, legal permitting issues, and costs associated with the project.
The ACP project was released to the public in 2014 under the plan that it would transport natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and Hampton Roads, as well as North Carolina, along 600 miles of pipeline. Thwarted by environmental groups repeatedly in the federal courts, the project was more than three years behind schedule and more than $3 billion over budget. The cancellation of the ACP is a significant victory for RVF and all communities that were set to be affected by it.

– Old Wintergreen Day is rescheduled for May 2nd, 2021

Please visit the event page more details. We will be providing more information as the date gets closer.

– Earth-Art-Athon entries

Further information about Rockfish Valley:

Tye River Study |
Chesapeake Bay Foundation |
Friends of the Rockfish

Summits of Nelson County |
Geology Trail |
Geologic History of the Rockfish Valley

Native Plant Walk |
Natural Resources Conservation Service |
Blue Ridge PRISM

Butterfly Nature Trail |
Bird Camera |

Hurricane Camille

RVF has significant resources related to Hurricane Camille. They include the photo story of the impact on Beech Grove and the Rockfish Valley by the hurricane. Another resource is the insert from the August Daily Progress newspaper. It is a 24 page insert with stories and photos written and taken within the same week as the hurricane. You can access it at this link on this website.

If you have pictures or stories, please come share them with us or call the Rockfish Valley Foundation at 434-361-0271 and leave your name and number for us to call you back. We can copy your pictures on our cell phone and write up your story. After the exhibit, we will give what we have collected to the Nelson County Historical Society at Oaklands to add to their records of what happened in the Beech Grove and Nellysford communities.

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Missed the Rockfish Valley Invasives symposium? Watch it Here!

Atlantic Coast Pipeline destroys RVF resources

Dominion Resources has been directed by FERC to execute a mitigation treatment plan for damage done within the South Rockfish Valley Rural Historic District and the archeological site located at the intersection of Glenthorne Loop and Rt 151.  The Rockfish Valley foundation has been asked to represent the interests of the damaged parties in drafting that document. That work is ongoing as of March 1, 2020.  The Nelson County historical society assumed the same role for damages in the Warminster area of Nelson. That has been completed.

New Anti- Pipeline Song: “We ain’t pipin’ down” by Tom Krop

featuring Tom Krop: composer and keyboards; Mike McConkey: guitar and vocals; Jim Plitt: hammered dulcimer

  • Natural History Center

    The Natural History Center is the newest addition to the Rockfish Valley Foundation. Through a partnership with the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Grants, and Donations from Visitors like YOU, we host bi-annual exhibits and regular lectures on the Natural History of the Rockfish Valley. Our Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Call us to today to book your school or community group. 434-361-0271

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  • Spruce Creek Park

    Enjoy a hike on the trails followed by a picnic in the park. This 0.7 mile section of the trail follows Route 627 and loops around an agricultural field back to the Spruce Creek Gallery. You can link to the Reids Creek section of the Trail next to the Elk Hill Baptist Church. A few Bluebird boxes are found along this trail. Look for Swallows, Sparrows, Vireos, Gnatcatchers, Waxwings, and Warblers.

    About the park

  • Nelson Scenic Loop

    Attention history buffs, naturalists, architectural hounds, hikers, and wine aficionados! The Nelson Scenic Loop — comprised of four scenic byways — is a 50-mile auto and bike tour that features Nelson County’s bounty of natural, cultural, and historic attractions. The Nelson Scenic Loop extends along the steep, narrow valleys and wider floodplains carved by the Tye and Rockfish Rivers.