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A Getaway Worth Repeating in Bedford, VA

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 2023 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, shops, parks, 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 Liberty Station for fresh eats. While visitors staying in the Forest area can’t go wrong with Benjamin’s or Corner Burger. For lakefront dining, check out Drifter’s, Jake’s Place, Mitchell’s, or The Landing.


Since the first course was built in 2008, Bedford has quickly become a top destination for disc golf. Today, the parks and recreation department has developed more than 130 holes spread across five courses, each one offering unique challenges. The newest course, New London Tech Disc Golf Course, was designed by six-time World Champion Disc Golfer Paul McBeth and is a host course of the 2024 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.


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. Bedford is a big county, so you’ll want to spend at least a few days to explore the area.

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Enjoy craft beverages? Be sure to explore the Bottled in Bedford Craft Beverage Trail featuring wine, beer, cider and mead.


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