Bedford Heritage Trail

Pennsylvania

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Bedford Heritage Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Bedford
Length: 2.65 miles
Trail end points: Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa and Ft. Bedford Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8928950
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Bedford Heritage Trail Description

The Bedford Heritage Trail provides a safe and picturesque connection between a topnotch resort and a nationally recognized downtown. From the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa, the trail snakes across Shober’s Run creek, passes Elks Lodge and Golf Course before entering historic downtown Bedford. The trail signage borrows from the flag emblem of Fort Bedford, which lies at the northern terminus of the Heritage Trail.

The trail invites users to explore the cultural and historic assets of Bedford County. In addition to downtown dining, shopping, museums, architecture, and monuments, the trail offers five educational displays and a self-guided historic walking tour.  

The Bedford Joint Municipal Authority is planning to extend the trail northwards to Old Bedford Village and Friendship Village.

Parking and Trail Access

You can park and get on the trail either at  the southern trailhead at Omni Bedford Springs Resort (2138 US-220 BUS) or the northern trailhead at Ft. Bedford Park (Fort Bedford Drive, downtown Bedford). 

Bedford Heritage Trail Reviews

We started out with wonderful lunch at Bedford Springs hotel.Then we rode into town on the trail. The scenery is beautiful. But the trail was not crushed stone but a rough gravel.

Unlike most rail to trail bike paths, that have a finely crushed packed Stone, this trail has the very large sharp gravel stones. It is a rough ride unless you have a mountain bike. Beautiful scenery in beautiful Bedford PA but unfortunately the trail is not the best bike trail for hybrid or Smooth tire bikes.

Nice view, good for walking and running! Not made for bikes being made of crushed stone and having tree branches here and there and no way is it ok for a wheelchair! If this was paved it would get 5 stars!

Accordion

This relatively short trail (2.65 in length at present) connects a charming downtown area of the Borough of Bedford with the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa. The trail is popular among local residents for exercise, and among visitors to the resort for exercise, shopping and dining experiences. The trail has two wetland ponds, two bridges, is adjacent to the Elks Golf Club, and uses borough streets and sidewalks as well. A local agency plans to extend the trail north from the downtown area to Old Bedford Village, a living history museum, and Friendship Village, a popular campground.

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