Explore the most popular hiking trails near Bedford with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Done this trail 2 times now and it’s just as good as the first time. View is amazing, bring a snack to hangout at the top. Muddy when it has rained a decent amount. Lots of rock steps made near the summit. Kids of all ages seen walking the trail. Also very dog accessible. My dog loves this hike and to chill on the boulders at the top .

Hiked this on Mother’s Day with my daughter. Great hike and lots of people on the trail. Did come across the biggest rattlesnake I have ever seen crossing the path on the way up. We gave him a wide breadth before continuing up, but he still rattled at us. Lots of flies and bees once we reached the top. But overall a wonderful experience!

Downhill to the falls. Uphill on the way back. Not to difficult terrain. Beautiful falls.

This trail has a beautiful waterfall at the end. With that being said... it's not for the novice or barely fit. The amount of steps that are involved in the hike was insane for me. I will definitely go back when I'm in better shape. ;-)

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12 days ago

This trail is my favorite mainly because of the short distance to rocks and water! My daughter and I enjoy climbing on the rocks and exploring the creek life. Well worth the trip!

Absolutely beautiful. Get there early to beat a crowd. I was able to sit at the base of the falls and enjoy lunch before I saw another person.

14 days ago

One of the most gratifying and satisfying hikes I have ever taken! Challenging to say the least, not for the weak!

This hike is moderate at best, not hard. The trail is all down hill to the falls. There is a small set of falls before the actual falls, don’t mistake those as your destination. The falls were full as we have had a decent amount of rain the last couple of days. There is a nice deck at the base for viewing the falls but if you climb the rocks to the right of the deck you can easily climb to the top of the falls, just be careful as it is very slick. The hike back up is slightly steep and constant, but the short distance makes it easily accomplished with not much effort

Amazing trail, favorite place to hike any time of year. Always meet nice people at the top and along the way as well.

Great trail! Great view at the top and the deer are very friendly. Posted a picture of the view and the deer.

Went the day after a rainstorm (2+ inches) and it was phenomenal. We hit a bridge next to what we thought was the actual waterfall, and were later stunned when we hit the real one almost by accident. Don't stop until you reach the wooden platform! Seriously, this hike was mind-blowing with that much water. The stream all the way down was rushing with white water. Highly recommended. FYI it ended up being about 2.5 miles round trip for me.

1 month ago

Great trail. Not too too difficult. The views from the top are excellent. Well worth the hike.

Good little hike. Johnson’s Farm was interesting but other than that there is not much to see other than forest for remainder of hike. Views are obstructed by trees and the feeling of being on a hike is sort of lost as you hear mowers and work being done on nearby parkway.

Great hike with beautiful waterfall, we did the route counterclockwise which we would recommend for trail running as the footing was more stable for the descent. Coming back up Cornelius Creek presented some creek crossing challenges due to the volume of water.

1 month ago

Great views from the peak and got there after the last shuttle left to go down so it was not crowded. I enjoyed the steepness of the trail near the top, it gave it that earned feel to the hike. I had to wait a twice for does to move from the trail to keep going. Never had a deer pose for a picture from 6ft away. Next time through I hope to do round top on the other side

Today we hiked Harkening Hill in Bedford County, Virginia, adjacent to the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Gorgeous spring day, brisk clear weather and no wind (yay). We had hoped to go back to Thunder Ridge but the Parkway access was blocked at the Peaks. So my hiking companion said “surely there are trails here!” And she was right! Harkening Hill is a 3.5 mile single track loop with a 921 foot elevation gain within 1.5 mile climb to the summit. It is located directly across the Parkway from the Peaks of Otter lodge. Lovely creek beds, birds, chipmunks, typical flora and fauna, abound. Some say moderate but we found it rather easy because the trail is well maintained and not a lot of boulders until you reach the summit.... then HUGE ones! However, it is straight UP. Beautiful views which will vanish when the trees leaf.

1 month ago

Great hike! Short and sweet! Hard may be a stretch. It is steep in portions, but can easily be hiked if you’re in decent shape or hike any at all. It’s a safe hike, a little rocky in sections. The only possible danger is if you check out Buzzards Roost when you get to the top of the main trail. It offers good views and rock formations, if you climb on top of the rocks for a better view, be careful! Also don’t freak out when you hear birds whizzing past your head. I suggest going late in the evening to catch the sunset, it’s worth it and the hike down in the dark is not bad.

A great hike with some awesome views. One of my favorite trails.

Difficult, but worth the awesome views.

short hike, but uphill the entire way ... felt like much longer than 3 miles roundtrip because of how steep the trail is ... beautiful views at the top - completely worth the trek!

2 months ago

My fiancé, my dog (cocker spaniel), and I did this hike after seeing some local photos (we live in Roanoke). Great hike, moderate difficulty, with some truly amazing views. The hike took a little over 2 hours round trip with taking a 15-20 minute break at the top to look at the amazing views. The trail was snowy when we went which made it a bit harder, but overall very enjoyable and would recommend to others and hike again sometime.

3 months ago

Went on a day I only saw 2 other hikers but that was because it was a bit icy. Beautiful views,

3 months ago

Husband and I wanted to get into hiking and while on vacation in Virginia, we made this our first hike. We had a blast! We’re in moderate shape and we definitely had to rest a time or two seeing as it’s all uphill with lots of steps but we’re hooked. We went at the end of October when the weather was amazing and the colors were unreal. Great time and great memories!

The hike yielded incredible views of sharp top with a great spot for sunset! The trail never gets too steep and is clearly marked! Highly highly recommend this one!

Great hike! It’s a nice walk up and the trail is well maintained. At the the top we hung out on a few boulders and had some snacks. I would definitely recommend it

4 months ago

Probably would have enjoyed this hike more if we went in a warmer spring day. We went on a windy, very cold, January day. Hike to the top is short but all uphill with a good amount of steps. We took our dog with us but I don’t think he enjoyed the steps at all. View from the top is great but the wind was ripping and we didn’t stay up there long. Wanted to check out Buzzards Roost but didn’t have the opportunity today.

Great for a relaxing day. The .7 to the summit is legitimate the rest is very easy. Good for first timers and beginners

4 months ago

Great hike, short and sweet especially in a cold weather like today.

Moderate trail, great for a relaxing trail walk.

Great place! All up hill makes for a decent workout, and friendly people.

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