Find Your Adventure: Bedford County Outdoors

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Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania, Bedford County beckons outdoor enthusiasts with its diverse landscape and abundant recreational opportunities. From rugged mountain trails to tranquil lakes, this picturesque county offers an array of activities for nature lovers of all ages. Whether you’re a hiking enthusiast, an avid angler, or a thrill-seeker in search of adrenaline-pumping adventures, Bedford County has something for you.

For hiking enthusiasts, Bedford County boasts an extensive network of trails that wind through lush forests, scenic valleys, and towering mountain peaks.  Visit Shawnee State Park, Blue Knob State Park, and Trough Creek State Park for miles of well-maintained trails suitable for hikers of all skill levels.

Cycling enthusiasts will find plenty to love in Bedford County, with its scenic roadways and challenging off-road trails. The Chamber of Commerce presented an organized bike ride for 10 years, and now offers the routes for cyclists to ride on their own schedule.  Mountain bikers can test their skills on the rugged terrain of trails around the Omni Bedford Springs Resort as well as the nearby the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, renowned for its world-class singletrack.

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For those who enjoy hunting and fishing, Bedford County provides ample opportunities to pursue these timeless outdoor traditions. The county’s vast forests and abundant wildlife make it a prime destination for hunters seeking deer, turkey, and small game. Numerous state game lands offer opportunities for both seasoned hunters and novices. Anglers also find plenty of places to cast their lines, with numerous streams, rivers, and lakes, including Shawnee Lake within the state park, teeming with trout, bass, and other freshwater species. The Reynoldsdale Fish Hatchery raises trout for stocking, and provides visitor education 365 days each year.  Nearby Raystown Lake, one of Pennsylvania’s premier fishing and boating destinations, offers anglers the chance to reel in trophy-sized catches against a backdrop of scenic beauty. Water enthusiasts can also take to the county’s rivers and lakes for kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding adventures.

In the winter months, Bedford County transforms into a snowy wonderland, inviting outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts can hit the slopes at Blue Knob Resort, Pennsylvania’s highest skiable mountain, where they’ll find challenging trails and breathtaking views. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers can explore the county’s snowy landscapes along groomed trails or through pristine backcountry terrain.

Whether you’re seeking the thrill of adventure or the serenity of nature, Bedford County, PA, offers an abundance of outdoor opportunities waiting to be explored. So pack your gear, lace up your hiking boots, and prepare to Find Your Adventure in Bedford County.