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The Best Hiking in Bedford

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Top hiking spots in and near Bedford

  • Bedford, Virginia

    Sharp Top Trail

    4.6
    2.91 mi / 1296 ft gain
    Once thought to be the highest peak in Virginia, this 2.5 hour hike is one that will leave you speechless at the top. Park at the Peaks of Otter Nature Center (which is now closed). The trailhead is located to the right of the building. You will cross over a paved bus road soon after beginning th...
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  • Bedford, Virginia

    Hike the Harkening Hill Loop

    3.3
    3.3 mi / 850 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead, pull into the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and park there. Proceed to the outdoor amphitheater behind the center. At the rear of the amphitheater there is a large sign showing Harkening Hill and other nearby trails, here the trail begins. Th...
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  • Bedford, Virginia

    Johnson Farm & Harkening Hill Trail

    3.82 mi / 968 ft gain
    Johnson Farm & Harkening Hill Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bedford, Virginia.
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  • Buchanan, Virginia

    Hike Flat Top Mountain

    4.4
    From the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, travel north up the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 3 miles, where you will come to small parking area for the Flat Top Trailhead. The parking area is quite tiny, and probably holds around 10 vehicles, but there was only one other car there when I went. It's p...
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  • Buchanan, Virginia

    Hike to Fallingwater Cascades

    4.5
    The trailhead for this hike is at the same parking area for the Flat Top Trail. From the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, travel north up the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 3 miles, where you will come to small parking area. It is quite tiny, and probably holds around 10 vehicles, but there was only ...
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  • Bedford, Virginia

    Fallingwater Trail

    1.34 mi / 449 ft gain
    Fallingwater Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Bedford, Virginia.
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  • Buchanan, Virginia

    Hike Apple Orchard Mountain

    3.8
    4 mi / 400 ft gain
    The top of Apple Orchard Mountain is easily accessible via the Appalachian Trail. Access the trail at the Sunset Field Overlook at MP 78.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The concrete path will end shortly and turn into a blue blazed trail. Follow this for 0.25 miles until it intersects the Appalachia...
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  • Buchanan, Virginia

    Hike to Apple Orchard Falls

    3.7
    5.6 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are a few different ways that you can do this hike. One way is to start at the North Creek campground (37.54244, -79.58531) and do a loop hike that's about 6 miles, which will take you to the falls up along a stream with some swimming holes and nice campsites. I did it the other way, which ...
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  • Big Island, Virginia

    Terrapin Mountain Trail

    9.34 mi / 2844 ft gain
    Terrapin Mountain Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Big Island, Virginia.
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  • Buchanan, Virginia

    White Tail Loop from North Creek Camping Area

    2.13 mi / 423 ft gain
    White Tail Loop from North Creek Camping Area is a loop trail that is moderately difficult located near Buchanan, Virginia.
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  • Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

    Hike Devil's Marbleyard

    5.0
    3 mi / 1600 ft gain
    Want to scale the side of a rock face? If you do, I highly suggest adding this adventure to your list. Hiking to the marbleyard and back to the parking lot will have you at a 3 mile journey. How many hours will it take to hike the trail and tackle Antietam Quartzite boulders larger than cars you ...
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  • Buchanan, Virginia

    Sprouts Run Wilson Mountain Loop Trail

    7.36 mi / 1578 ft gain
    Sprouts Run Wilson Mountain Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Buchanan, Virginia.
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  • Blue Ridge, Virginia

    Snowshoe the Blue Ridge Parkway

    3.3
    We don't get a ton of snow here in Virginia, but when we do, the Blue Ridge Parkway can be a great place to get out and enjoy a day of snowshoeing or cross country skiing. It's also a great opportunity to get your pup out and let him work out some energy as the chances of running into anyone are ...
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  • Huddleston, Virginia

    Striper Cove Trail

    3.64 mi / 476 ft gain
    Striper Cove Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Huddleston, Virginia.
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  • Huddleston, Virginia

    Turtle Island Trail

    1.27 mi / 125 ft gain
    Turtle Island Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Huddleston, Virginia.
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  • Hardy, Virginia

    Jack O Lantern Branch Trail

    1.97 mi / 200 ft gain
    Jack O Lantern Branch Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Hardy, Virginia. Jack O Lantern Branch Trail is located at the Booker T. Washington National Monument. As an enslaved child, Washington is said to have wandered these woods to get away from the plantation and proc...
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