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Best things to do in Bedford County

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“A short trip to Peaks of Otter is always a fun day hike. From Sharp Top mountain you can see for miles. Or, just enjoy the cool mountain air and restaurant at the peaks. ”
23 locals recommend
Park
“The grounds for the monument take visitors on a archival journey through World War II and the politics and perils that embody the time period. Paying tribute to the men and women who served their country in one of its most dire battles, the D-Day National Memorial creates a solemn atmosphere for veterans and visitors alike to gain insight and learn more about the events that shaped our nation’s and our world’s history. ~dday.org”
17 locals recommend
History Museum
“Listed on the National Historic Landmark, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest was huge plantation and retreat home for America's 3rd President. The edifice's architecture, which is considered a fine example of neo-classical architecture, was designed by Jefferson himself. This architectural wonder is visited by hordes of nationals and tourists who come here to discover tit-bits of the life of the US President during the happy and final days of his life. Archaeological excursions are also taking place at the Poplar Forest. If you are truly interested in history or architecture, then the Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is a must visit for you. Check website for details. ~poplarforest.org”
15 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“One of the great attractions to our area. Only a 40 minute drive to public lake access, camping, boating, State Park access, and lakefront dining.”
13 locals recommend
National Park
“Views, Views, Views! While in Virginia you must see the Parkway - it is awesome. -15 min by car”
5 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“If you like upscale Italian, this is the place to go! Within walking distance for a perfect evening.”
15 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“10 min drive. 'We're burger people and we take our burgers very seriously. We source the best beef in the country taking pride in selecting only humanely-raised cattle that are free of antibiotics, preservatives, hormones and steroids. Happy cows make great burgers, so we insist on humanely raised cattle cared for by family-owned farms who raise their livestock the old fashioned way. Our chuck and sirloin blend beef patties are hand-made here in our kitchen; are always fresh; and are never, ever frozen. Our produce is fresh, our beer is cold, and we always strive to Keep It Local.'”
10 locals recommend
Lodging
“50 min drive. GORGEOUS VIEWS! You can stay and have lunch at the restaurant and walk around the lake. You can hike nearby Sharp Top mountain as well! Peaks of Otter's Lake View Restaurant is a renowned dining destination on the Blue Ridge Parkway. With a menu featuring fresh and local ingredients and regional specialties, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in season. ”
8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Delicious and fancier dinner or lunch option nearby in the Wyndhurst community.”
19 locals recommend
Campground
“Although situated on the second largest body of freshwater in the state, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is not just for water enthusiasts. In addition to a full range of water related activities, including swimming, fishing and boating, the park offers miles of hiking trails, cabins, primitive camping, picnicking, a visitor center and interpretive programs. Size: 1,248 acres.”
15 locals recommend
Café
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“Excellent, locally roasted coffee and unique sandwiches. Seats fill up fast during the school year. ”
16 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Restaurant and Bar Great Sandwiches, This is at the Hales Ford Bridge, plenty to do with the kids near by which include Miniature Golf, Arcade, Carnival Amusements, feed the Fish, (Carp) Gift Shops and much more. ”
8 locals recommend
Park
“3 Main Entrances: one at Ardmore Drive, Tenbury Drive, and the other at Ivy Creek Lane off of Wiggington Road. 3 lighted tennis courts 7 multipurpose fields volleyball courts a basketball court mountain bike trails disc golf course playground”
15 locals recommend
Bar
“We absolutely love this locally owned restaurant. The food is amazing; menu does change. Sunday brunch is top notch 😍The atmosphere is very cozy and the outdoor seating area is absolutely beautiful!!! This restaurant is by far one of our favorites!”
14 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“It has all kinds of shops, pizza, ice cream, restaurants and putt-putt over the lake! ”
13 locals recommend
Premise
“Don't forget your camera and stop at designated areas for some Amazing photo's along America's National Parkway noted for its scenic beauty.”
14 locals recommend