Bedford Recreation Ranges from Appalachian Trail to Ice Skating
PHOTO CREDIT: Les Schofer
Bedford, Virginia has family fun for all ages, from outdoor adventures such as hiking the Appalachian Trail to ice skating.
Appalachian Trail and Washington-Jefferson National Forest
Bedford is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, giving residents plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The famous Appalachian Trail runs right by Bedford, through the nearby Washington-Jefferson National Forest. Sights along the trail include a wide variety of wildflowers and wildlife, along with gorgeous scenery. While the Appalachian Trail is the most popular, those looking to hike or walk trailways have many other options in Bedford. Falling Creek Trails offer more than 8 miles of hiking and biking trails - along with a park featuring a disc golf course, shuffleboard and playgrounds. The Montvale Trails offer nearly 7 miles of entirely wooded biking and hiking single-track trails.
Blue Ridge Parkway and Smith Mountain Lake
If you’d rather enjoy the beautiful scenery from the comfort of your car, the famous Blue Ridge Parkway also runs through Bedford. While making the scenic tour, drivers can stop by the Peaks of Otter Lodge to take a break or stay for a weekend amidst the gorgeous scenery. Virginia’s most popular lake, Smith Mountain Lake, is also located in Bedford. Named the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lake features 500 miles of shoreline, and serves as a great place for all sorts of water recreation. Powerboating, canoeing, sailing, swimming, water skiing, parasailing, fishing, wakeboarding and jetskiing are all popular activities on Smith Mountain Lake. The surrounding land is home to many activities, such as camping, hunting, picnicking, and shopping.
Golfers also flock to the area for the great lakeside golfing from three fun and challenging courses – Mariners Landing, Sycamore Ridge and The Westlake. Other golf options in the area include the Colonial Hills and Ivy Hill golf clubs.
Families have many activities they can share in Bedford, including Gross’ Orchard Apple Valley, where visitors can pick their own mountain-grown apples and peaches. More high-energy activity can be had at Lynchburg's LaHaye Ice Center, which offers rinks for open skating along with rentals for parties and lessons for kids for hockey, ice skating and more. For a relaxing evening, the Mayberry Drive-In Theatre & Diner is a great location to watch movies in the old-fashioned way, from the comfort of your car.