Bedford is an incorporated town located within Bedford County. It is the gateway to the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains in the north and many spectacular green spaces dotted through the area.
Liberty Lake Park is the perfect place to find your feet in Bedford and spend some time with your pup outdoors. There are three walking trails around the park, all easy and pleasant to traverse. There are also picnic shelters, a 1.8-acre fishing lake, ball fields and a skate park for the kids. It is a relaxed walk up into town from here as well, so take some time and check out this great place.
If you are up for a solid walk, take on Sharp Top Hike in the northern section of Bedford. This 3-mile trail is moderately difficult, but you will be rewarded with the most spectacular view from the top of the mountain, so take your camera! Your dog will love taking on this challenge with you, but keep him leashed for his protection. Start your trail walk at the Peaks of Otter Nature Centre and head out past an historical plaque, the day-use cabin, the Peaks of Otter Lodge and Abbott Lake to the North. For a little extra walk, take the extra 0.4-mile round trip to Buzzard’s Roost, where you will see beautiful views of the summit of Sharp Top.
There are two animal hospitals in town, so help is there should Fido need medical attention. Otherwise, you are both sure to have a great time here and enjoy many of the lovely outdoor activities on offer together!
An easy highway drive east of Bedford is Lynchburg; the place to go for a bite to eat with your pup by your side. There are five places in this area that allow pets at one of their outside tables, so you can enjoy a great meal with your four-legged friend relaxing by your feet. TGI Fridays serves up the classic menu of wings, burgers and fries, or go for a lighter meal and hot cup of perfect caffeine at The Muse Coffee Company, Millie’s Living Café or Westside Deli. Tropical Smoothie Café has a range of healthy, light but delicious options, including breakfast wraps and store-made sandwiches, as well as the café’s namesake – smoothies!