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 pacages 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 bathrooms, water, and camping a for trail hikers. 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 riverways can be found on our FISHING page.
Hunting and Fishing
Fishing is very popular in Bedford County, PA. Bass and Trout fishing are especially good here. In addition to the info below, there's more fishing information on the official Shawnee Lake Page.
Several Bedford County lakes and and streams provide anglers with a variety of fishing options! Click HERE for more information on Bedford County Lakes and Fishing.
For the Fly Fisherman (or woman), Bedford County's cold water fisheries, both limestone and freestone, will provide plenty of challenge and diversity. Good water quality, lack of fishing pressure, a spectacular setting, a location close to many metro areas and plenty of native, holdover and stocked trout are just a few of the many reasons to plan a trip soon.
Bedford County has excellent hunting. Whitetail deer and turkey hunting are especially popular here.
We have the following maps available:
James Buchanan State Forest
Blue Knob State Park
Shawnee State Park
Cowans Gap State Park
James Buchanan State Forest is comprised of thousands of acres that cover Bedford, Fulton and Franklin counties. State Game Lands run through our area as well, and the JB State Forest Map shows these areas too.
Blue Knob State Park has over 5,000 acres open to hunting and Shawnee State Park as over 3,000. If you have questions, give us a call at 1-800-765-3331.