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About Bedford Area

Located in the shadow of the legendary Peaks of Otter, Bedford offers warm hospitality. The historic downtown features a fascinating local history museum, antique and specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes, and a year-round welcome center. The National D-Day Memorial is located here, an inspiring tribute to the valor and sacrifice of the American and Allied forces who made the ultimate sacrifice at D-Day. This popular memorial is located on a hilltop overlooking the community that suffered the greatest losses per capita at D-Day. Bedford is also home of Thomas Jefferson’s remarkable architectural gem, Poplar Forest, which he designed and built over 200 years ago as his private retreat. Smith Mountain Lake also offers an array of recreational opportunities from fishing and boating to swimming and camping at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

During Colonial times, the Peaks of Otter were thought to be the highest mountains in America. Far from the highest peaks in the nation, they still are extremely majestic and beautiful and remain one of the favorite stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The historic City of Bedford is located just minutes from the Peaks with both Routes 43 South and 460 East coming right into the center of Bedford. A monument to area soldiers who fought in the War for American Independence in front of the Bedford Courthouse includes a giant boulder that was once located at the Peak of Sharp Top, one of the mountains that comprise the Peaks of Otter.

Stories from Bedford Area

January 6, 2022
The Blue Ridge Parkway, the beautiful route that approximately 15 million people visit each year, requires a lot of people to keep running. A key piece to this is volunteers - unpaid and serving out of love for the Parkway.
November 18, 2021
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family outing to find the perfect Christmas tree on a local farm, and the very the best slopes for skiing and sledding. We've rounded up all this and more in our guide to festive winter fun in the communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
September 16, 2021
Virginia's creative and sometimes whimsical LOVEworks are a wonderful photo opportunity. Why not start a new tradition and make some family memories finding and photographing a few LOVE signs while enjoying the out of doors this year?
February 24, 2021
A drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is literally a trip through time. But there’s lots more history and heritage to experience along the Parkway beside the route itself. But there’s lots more history and heritage to experience along the Parkway beside the route itself.
January 25, 2021
The last Tuesday in January is National Plan for Vacation Day. Academic research shows that trip planning and anticipation bring positive effects. Here are some tips for planning your upcoming Parkway travels.
November 16, 2020
Even while staying at home we still seem to be busy. Maybe this season you'll want to slow down and make time to take a getaway with your significant other. Regardless of when you choose to enjoy a romantic getaway along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we have some options and ideas for you to consider.
October 14, 2020
These routes offer sites worth visiting that promise to tickle your taste buds, enthrall your eyes and enchant your ears. There are tours, routes and trails to suit every traveler, taste, and location from Tennessee to Virginia.
August 26, 2020
The Blue Ridge Mountains are dotted with farms producing everything from Christmas trees to trout. Fruit, flowers, herbs, jams, jellies, pies, wreaths and other crafts are all produced right here in the mountains. And what better way to get outside this year than to enjoy the fresh air of a mountain farm?
October 5, 2019
October marks the official start of Fall Color Season along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This month is one of the most popular for visits to the region. A chance to see the Appalachian views awash in reds, golds and lingering shades of green is an experience on many people's bucket lists. Learn what's in store for you in Fall 2019.
July 15, 2019
If you're wondering where to go swimming during your Blue Ridge Parkway trip, we've rounded up all the best spots. While there are some beautiful waters located right on the Parkway itself, swimming is not allowed in Parkway waters. But there are no shortage of great swimming holes nearby, as well as guided rafting tours, kayak rentals, tubing, and some beautiful lakeside rentals.

Recommended Itineraries

Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
Sweeping ridgetop curves and sunset-lit country roads converge in one divinely placed mountain town. Waynesboro, Virginia located at the base of Skyline Drive and Milepost 0 of the Blue Ridge Parkway offers the perfect base camp for motorcycle touring, with multiple days of beautiful riding and evening entertainment.