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Deerfield Ranger District- Deerfield Ranger District offers a variety of natural communities from mountain ranges to wetlands and wilderness to open meadows.
Dry River Ranger District- The Dry River Ranger District is a mountainous area with recreation areas often sprinkled between mountains.
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests- Located in western Virginia along the rugged Appalachians, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests is a glorious park for virtually every outdoor recreation activity imaginable.
Glenwood / Pedlar Ranger District- The Glenwood / Pedlar Ranger District falls around the wonderful and popular Blue Ridge Parkway. There are endless outdoor recreation opportunities to be enjoyed by all levels of enthusiasts.
James River State Park- This peaceful new state park is one of Virginia's new four parks. It lies along the upper James River in Bent Creek offering riverside camping, picnicking and multi-use trails. A special feature of the park is the overlook above the James and Tye Rivers.
Lee Ranger District- The Lee Ranger District may be found within the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests located in the northern region of the park along the West Virginia and Virginia state lines.
Shenandoah National Park- This site was the East's first national park opening in 1936 after a massive purchase of private land. It extends through northwestern Virginia along the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Description - Monticello is the mountain top plantation built by Thomas Jefferson. Daily tours of the main house, gardens, Jefferson's grave and Monticello Visitor Center are offered. Ashlawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe is 2.5 miles from Monticello and offers tours as well. The area is famous for its vineyards and wineries, most of whom offer tours and tastings. The University of Virginia, designed by our third President, Thomas Jefferson, is an architectural attraction bringing in visitors from all over the world.

Recreation - Overnight primitive camping is available at James River State Park. The area is abundant with overnight and restaurant accommodations. Charlottesville is convenient to the Wintergreen Resort with it's nationally acclaimed golf, tennis, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and horseback riding is close by in the Nelson County mountains.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

Location - Charlottesville is located in central Virginia, 60 miles west of Richmond off Interstate 64.


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Contact Information:
Charlottesville / Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rt. 20 South , Charlottesville, VA, 22902, Phone: 804-977-1783
, visitorcenter@ci.charlottesville.va.us

Additional Information:
Central Virginia Travel Region - Central Virginia is home to eleven State Parks, a historical driving tour, several wildlife refuges and natural areas as well as countless Civil War battlefields.
Virginia Community Areas - Virginia is characterized by the rolling mountains and deciduous forests of the western region of the state. Beaches, marshes and a plethora of historic properties also bring millions of tourists to the state each year.

Links:
Charlottesville / Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau - Local Interests
James River State Park - Official agency Website
Mountain Memory Walks - Hiking and Walking Tours
State Guide - Destination Research Made Simple
Wintergreen Resort - Local resort information

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