2020 Top Small Adventure Town, Bedford, Virginia

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Bedford, Virginia

Whether you prefer to adventure by land or water, Bedford, Va., offers something for families of all ages. Named the Top Small Adventure Town in 2020 and a finalist in 2021 by Blue Ridge Outdoors readers, there are countless ways to get outside in this mountain town. Discover stunning overlooks at the Peaks of Otter, mountain bike singletrack at Falling Creek Park, and rent a boat from Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Throw in a scenic drive around to the area’s best galleries, eclectic shops, historic attractions, and delicious eateries for a getaway you’ll want to repeat next year.  


There are a variety of locally-owned restaurants featuring all types of cuisine. If you’re near downtown Bedford, stop into Beale’s BBQ & Brewery or Clam Digger’s Seafood for fresh eats while visitors staying in the Forest area can’t go wrong with Brauburgers or Sourdough Pizza Company, plus drinks at Apocalypse Ale Works. For some waterfront dining, check out Drifter’s, Mitchell’s, or The Landing.


Since the first course was built in 2008, Bedford has quickly become a top destination for disc golf in the region. Today, the parks and recreation department has developed 128 disc golf holes spread across five courses, each one offering unique challenges. The newest course, New London Tech Disc Golf Course, was designed by five-time World Champion Disc Golfer Paul McBeth and is attracting players from across the country. 


Find a place to curl up at the end of the day in one of the area’s cabins, cottages, and campsites, or a room in a mountain lodge or lakefront resort.

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