One of the best reasons to visit the Nelson Scenic Loop is to experience and learn about the trove of natural resources located along the way. Relatively unspoiled and undeveloped, the landscape visible along the route is bucolic, pastoral, and at times even wild. Dramatic topography and outcroppings of ancient geological formations characterize the Blue Ridge Mountains. Verdant rolling hills and narrow coves and river corridors edge the lower reaches of the mountains. Lush vegetation and a diversity of wildlife engage the casual visitor and scientist alike. We invite you to explore the natural heritage of the Loop; learn more about its wonders.