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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.

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17th Annual Blowing Rock WinterFest

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

Jr. Rangers @ Lake James State Park

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

Lake Channel Overlook Hike

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Adults Mixed Medium Class

Monday, January 26, 2015, 2:30 pm
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Kids Acrylic Painting Class

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any o
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • 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.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • 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.
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