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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 or call (877) 447-3257.

Highlights & Happenings

  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • 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.
  • 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
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
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