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Bedford VA +

816 Burks Hill Rd

Bedford, VA 24523

(877) 447-3257

Just minutes away from the legendary Peaks of Otter, Bedford offers delightful diversions from your travels along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Five wineries scattered throughout Bedford, from the slopes of the Peaks of Otter to the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, comprise the Bedford Wine Trail.

Thomas Jefferson’s amazing retreat which he designed and built, Poplar Forest, provides an intriguing glimpse into his personal life.  Other American heroes are remembered at The National D-Day Memorial, an extraordinary moving tribute in the community which suffered the largest casualties per-capita on D-Day. 

The Bedford City/County Museum, housed in the historic Masonic Temple, offers exhibits including what the Washington Post hailed as one of the best displays in the state dealing with the heritage of Virginia’s Indians.

Historic Centertown offers shops, restaurants, art galleries and cafes in a delightful historic old fashioned downtown.

Smith Mountain Lake offers boat cruises aboard the Virginia Dare and many other recreational offerings. 

Begin your stay at the Bedford Welcome Center, open daily.  To reach Bedford from the Parkway, exit at Milepost 121.4 (Rt. 460 East), Milepost 63.8 (Hwy 501) or Milepost 86 (Route 43 East) at the Peaks of Otter.  Follow signs to the Visitor’s Center, adjoining the entrance to the National D-Day memorial at the junction of Route 460 and Highway 122.

For more information, visit www.visitbedford.com or call (877) 447-3257.

Highlights & Happenings

  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
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