Best trails in Bedford

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Looking for a great trail near Bedford, Virginia? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Natural Bridge State Park or Smith Mountain Lake State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Mount Pleasant Special Management Area or Read Mountain Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Bedford ranging from 1.4 to 7.3 miles and from 2,509 to 3,986 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bedford
Top trails (8)
#1 - Sharp Top Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Please note that the bathroom, store, and visitor center is currently closed due to COVID 19.Show more
#2 - Apple Orchard Falls Trail and Cornelius Creek Circuits Trail
Thunder Ridge Wilderness
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
Hike begins at the Apple Orchard Fall Trailhead. Basically, it is a circuit of AT, Cornelius Creek Trail, Apple Orchard Falls Trails, with a side hike on the AT towards the Apple Orchard Mountain summShow more
#3 - Apple Orchard Falls Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Apple Orchard Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bedford, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
#4 - Fallingwater Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 51 m
Fallingwater Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bedford, Virginia that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, anShow more
#5 - Flat Top Mountain Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
The views are spectacular but this trail is very popular due to it's proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway. As of January 1, 2019 trailhead road access on Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed. You canShow more
#6 - Johnson Farm & Harkening Hill Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
A nice, often-forgotten or ignored trail at the Peaks of Otter. Not as steep or rocky as the other 2 peaks. Johnson Farm Loop portion is more traveled than the Harkening Hill part. Experienced hikeShow more
#7 - Abbott Lake Trail
Otter Creek Recreation Area
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
Abbott Lake Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bedford, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail runniShow more
#8 - Johnson Farm Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Johnson Farm Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bedford, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more