Get outside and explore!
Bedford County offers a variety of on and off-road biking experiences. For the on-road cyclists, we have several bike loops with varying degrees of difficulty for download on our website at www.visitbedfordcounty.com/biking.
You can also contact Fat Jimmy’s Outfitters in Bedford, who offer Wednesday night group rides during the summer months at 6:15pm. Rides range from 20-30 miles and are free of charge. For more details contact them at 814-624-3415. Map
For complete biking packages contact Grouseland Tours in Clearville. Grouseland Tours offers custom getaways for bikers of all experience levels. Offer custom tours on the Pike to Bike and shuttle service along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal, you can book a biking vacation and stay in their B&B! Contact them today at 814-784-5000! Map
For off-road riding, the new Huntingdon and Broad Top Rail Trail, which reuses a former railroad right-of-way to provide public recreational access along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, is now open. The H&BT Rail Trail is open to hikers and bikers with 10 miles of trail open between Riddlesburg and Tatesville. (see below for trailhead locations)
You can also ride on a former 10 mile section of the PA Turnpike complete with two tunnels. The Pike to Bike trail can be accessed from a pull-off just east of Breezewood at Rt. 30 and Tannery Road. Headlights are a must. Ride at your own risk. Map
For a safe and easy route between the town of Bedford and the Bedford Springs Hotel, we recommend the Bedford Heritage Trail. To access this trail, head south on Richard Street in Bedford to the end of the sidewalk. The newly completed Heritage Trail picks up there and continues about 2 miles south to the Bedford Springs Hotel.
We have several printable PDF maps for various state park hiking trails in the county. Please check our the HIKING page for more information.
If you are just looking to get out and walk around for an afternoon we recommend checking out our Walking Tours page which has information on guided and self guided tours in the county. In addition to the walking tours, a great outdoor family activity can be found in the GPS Games Brochure. This brochure is sure to get you off the couch and exploring the history of Bedford and Everett. If you like geocaching you will LOVE this!
There are many excellent hiking trails to explore in Bedford County. In addition to biking, you can also hike or walk along the first stage of the Bedford Heritage Trail, as well as the Pike to Bike and H&BT Rail Trail. (see above)
You can also head to Shawnee State Park where you will find 15 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to moderately difficult. We recommend the popular Lake Shore Trail for a simple 3.4 mile loop around the lake.
For mountain hiking, Blue Knob State Park is your spot. This state park has 17 miles of moderate to difficult trails through changing timber types and crossing streams.
For long hikes, the Mid State Trail, part of the Great Eastern Trail, is Pennsylvania’s longest footpath trail. It stretches over 260 miles from Maryland to New York State passing directly through the center of Everett, PA. Tenley Park in Everett offers camping by permit a for trail hikers. Special events and concerts are also frequently held here as well throughout the year. For info, contact Mid State Trail Association, P.O. Box 885, Huntingdon, PA 16652. 814-652-2227 • www.hike-mst.org
Canoe & Kayak
The Raystown Branch of the Juniata River is a gentle river that can provide a very pleasant day of paddling or fishing. The river can be a long river trip experience. You can view and print a PA Fish and Boat Commission Water Trail Map for the Raystown Branch by clicking the following link. Juniata River Water Trail-Raystown Branch.
Canoing and Kayaking can also be done at Shawnee State Park, near Schellsburg, Koon Lake and Lake Gordon in Southern Bedford County, and Raystown Lake,. which is fed by the Raystown Branch, is just north of Bedford County. (click on each for map locations).
More information on lakes and river ways can be found on our FISHING page.
ATV and Snowmobile Trails
Believe it or not, you can even bring your ATV or snowmobile to Bedford County and explore several miles of trails. Both James Buchanan and Gallitzin State Forrests serve as home to many different kinds of trails, including ATV and snowmobile.
James Buchanan State Forrest
Martin Hill ATV Trail System - This is a 17 miles summer trail system with varying degrees of difficulty. Along the way you will find Blankley Picnic area as well as a great vista near Shaffer Mountain Rd. Parking Location Trail Map
Gallitzin State Forrest
Babcock Snowmobile Trail - While just barely touching Bedford County, Gallitzin State Forrest offers the Babcock Snowmobile Trail with easy access from RT 56, slightly across the County line in Somerset Co. Parking Location Trail Map
Blue Knob State Park
Snowmobile routes in Blue Knob State Park are open daily after the end of hunting season in December. The trail system consists of eight miles of trails and roads and is marked with orange diamonds. Park roadways are not open for snowmobile use. Click the link below for a park map, or contact the visitors bureau for a free hard copy.
Shawnee State Park
Snowmobile routes in Shawnee State Park are open daily after the end of hunting season in December. Registered snowmobiles are permitted on an 11-mile trail network in the eastern side of the park.
All State Forrest and State Parks require your ATV to be registered and insured. Only ATV's with 3 or more wheels are permitted. Motorcycles and trail-bikes are NOT permitted.
Be sure to visit the PA State Forrest website for detailed maps of Other PA State Forrest ATV Trails.
Hunting and Fishing
Bedford County offers hunters and anglers some of the best locations in the state.
Information on lakes and river ways of Bedford County can be found on our FISHING page. You can also call to request our Bedford County Fly Fishing guide.
Bedford County is fortunate to have thousands of acres of protected land open to hunters and trappers of many types. No matter what part of the county you are visiting, there are hunting grounds nearby. Visit our HUNTING page for more information.