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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

  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Watch an orientation video and learn how to make the most of your visit to the Parkway and region at this visitor center. View exhibits featuring the unique Parkway design and construction, the natural and cultural history, and recreational opportuni
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • For generations, visitors have headed for the Craggies in June, typically the prime time for viewing the pink and purple blooms of Catawba rhododendrons that blanket much of the area.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
  • 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
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