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.

Rockfish Valley Foundation in the Crozet Gazette

The Crozet Gazette

The December 2019 issue of the Crozet Gazette features an article on the Rockfish Valley trail system. The article, by Mary S. Cunningham, gives a fantastic overview of the trails as well as the surrounding area.

Natural History Center closes until April 4th 2020

RVF’s Natural History center has closed for the year and will re-open on April 4th, 2020. Spruce Creek Park and the Rockfish Valley trails remain open for use. 

The Center is still available for groups who wish to make an appointment, like the Charlottesville Nature Group who visited us on December 6th.















Giving Tuesday 2019

Rockfish Valley Foundation gives thanks to everyone who participated in this years Giving Tuesday and donated to RVF. Keep the donations coming! We continually strive to improve the resources and programs that we offer to the greater Rockfish Valley community, and we could not do it without your support. 


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 |


Need Directions to RVF and Spruce Creek Park?

RVF on Google Maps


THE ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION NATURAL HISTORY CENTER is recognizing the 50th commemoration of Hurricane Camille with an exhibit of pictures and stories from the night of August 19-20, 1969 in the Beech Grove and Nellysford communities.

Saturday, August 17 — Sunday, October 13

The Natural History Center

1368 Rockfish Valley Highway
Nellysford, VA 22958

Open Saturdays and Sundays
12 noon – 4 p.m.
Groups can be arranged by appointment.

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.


Education Outreach

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View Our Live Camera

Geology ›

Nelson & Rockfish Valley


Missed the Rockfish Valley Invasives symposium? Watch it Here!

Atlantic Coast Pipeline destroys RVF resources

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.