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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
3½-hour train excursions 11:30-3pm. The steam locomotive runs Fri-Sun (May-Sept.) & Thur-Sun (Oct) The diesel train runs on Thursdays (May-Sept.) and Tue-Wed (Oct).or Oct-Dec excursion dates/times, call. Located 35 mins S of Bedford. Take Rt. 220 S to I-68W, I-68W to exit 43C (downtown) Left at stop sign at bottom of ramp. Go straight through the next light. “Canal Place” $30-Adults; $28-Senior; $16-Kids(12-under). Reservations required. 1-800-TRAIN-50

Altoona Railroaders Museum / Horseshoe Curve
The Railroaders Museum is interactive with hands-on displays highlighting the railroad worker & the daily operation of the railroad 40 mins N of Bedford. Take I-99 north to Altoona’s 17th St exit. Drive to 9th Ave. Museum on right. Mon-Sat 10-5 & Sun 11-5 (May-Oct); Fri-Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5 (Nov-Dec). Groups only in April. The Horseshoe Curve is a marvelous feat of engineering and a short drive from the museum. Daily 11-4 (April), Daily 10-6; Sun 11-5 (May-Oct), Fri-Sun 11-4 (Nov). Combo tickets $10/Adults; $8/Seniors; $7/Kids. 814-946-0834

East Broad Top Railroad
50 mins N of Breezewood. Steam train rides every Sat and Sun (June-Oct). Trains depart at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. From Breezewood, take Rt. 30 E to Rt. 522. Rt. 522 N to Orbisonia. Left onto Rt. 994. $13/Adults, $8/Kids. 814-447-3011.

Everett Train Museum
D-4 on the map in Everett. Take Rt.30 to Everett exit. Turn
N onto Rt.26 at the traffic light by Sheetz. Go ¼ mile. Turn left onto 4th Street. At top of hill turn right into parking lot. Open 1-4pm the 3rd Sunday of each month (May-Oct) only. Display includes a 1909 Baldwin 262 (Prairie Type) Steam Engine.

Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Site
Operated by the National Park Service. This rail/canal system helped cut travel between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia from 13 days to 5 days. Engine House exhibit shelter. Lemon House Tavern. Take I-99 to Rt. 22 W. Take Gallitzin exit and turn right. 45 mins NW of Bedford. Entrance fee $4. Open 9-5 daily except winter holidays.
814-886-6150


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Coral Caverns
Open weekends Mid-May through Mid-October. Hours are 10-4:30. Take Rt. 30 West from Bedford. Drive 3 miles. Take Rt. 31 at the “Y” in the road by the Jean Bonnet Tavern. Drive 3 miles to Manns Choice, bear left at Sundaes Ice Cream and then go left on Cavern St. 6 mins from Bedford. Please call for rates.
814-977-9570

Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks
(See ad page 25) Celebrating 84 Years of Discovery! Where science and adventure are NATURALLY FUN! Family-friendly, one hour interpretive tours of two spectacular crystal caverns. Educational programs, gift shop, campground. Great family events...October Ghosts & Goblins Tours, February Batfest and June Discovery Days. Closest Cavern to Raystown Lake.

From Breezewood, take Rt. 30 E for 8 miles. Take Rt. 26 N exit. Rt.26 N to Huntingdon, PA. At intersection of Rt. 22, take 22 West to the cavern. From Bedford, go N on I-99 to Rt. 22. Take Rt. 22 E to the caverns (just outside of Huntingdon). Approx 70 mins away. Please call for rates and hours.
814-643-0268


Indian Caverns
Open daily 10-4 (May-Oct); 10-6 (Jun-Aug). Rt. 220 N (I-99 N) to Rt. 22. Take Rt.22 West to Waterstreet. Then, take Rt. 45 to Indian Caverns. Approx 70 mins away. Please call for rates. 814-632-7578.

Penns Cave
Open daily (March-Nov),weekends (Feb & Dec). Route 26 N past State College and the Nittany Mall into Pleasant Gap. At the first red light turn right on Route 144 S. Take Rt. 144 to Centre Hall. At Centre Hall, turn left onto Route 192 E. and follow the signs for 5 miles to Penn’s Cave. Please call for rates and tour times. Approx 90 mins away. 814-364-1664.


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Bedford Speedway
5/8 mile oval dirt track. Racing on Fri. nights at 7pm April thru September Located at the west end of Bedford along Rt. 30 at the Bedford County Fairgrounds. 814-623-0500

Hagerstown Speedway
1/2 mile, dirt track. Mar-Sep. Sat. nights 7-12. Adults $10. I-70 E from Breezewood to Clear Spring Exit (#18).
Follow signs. Hagerstown, MD ... 60 mins SE of Breezewood. (301) 582-0640

 



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Guided Historic Walking
Tour of Bedford Live tour of historic Bedford offered every Friday afternoon from June through October. Tours start at 3:30 and conclude at 5:00. Reservations aren’t required and the tour is free.

Bedford Self-Guided Tours
The “Readers Digest” version of
our live Friday tour is offered in the “Historic Bedford” brochure.
Call 1-800-765-3331 for your copy.

The “Learning Architecture” brochure uses the backdrop of Bedford buildings and is a light introduction to architecture. It isn’t an exhaustive presentation, but in just 90 minutes you will learn basic style recognition and some fun facts. Call 1-800-765-3331 for your copy.



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Bedford County Players
Local theater company performing at various local restaurants in a “dinner theater” atmosphere and at the Manns Choice Community Center. Call for more info or for reservations at: 814-623-7555 (see pages 6-9 for performances)

The Mountain Playhouse
Most shows run from Tues.-Sun. Call them at 814-629-9201 for times and reservations. 50 Mins W of Bedford. Rt. 30W to Jennerstown. Turn N onto Rt. 985.

The “Learning Architecture” brochure uses the backdrop of Bedford buildings and is a light introduction to architecture. It isn’t an exhaustive presentation, but in just 90 minutes you will learn basic style recognition and some fun facts. Call 1-800-765-3331 for your copy.



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Briar Valley Winery
The tasting room is open Tue-Fri 12-6; Sat-Mon 12-5.
109 E. Pitt St, Bedford, PA
814-623-0900
In historic Bedford, Pennsylvania you will find the first winery in Bedford and the surrounding counties to produce all vinifera wines. We invite you to visit us and experience the pleasure of tasting our wines. Our Tasting Room has a great atmosphere; tables where you can enjoy a romantic glass of wine and tables where you can bring a group of friends and laugh the evening away!

Helixville Winery
Open Mon-Fri 11-5; Sat-Sun 1-5.
Tucked away in the valley of Helixville located in Schellsburg, PA. The winery is the first in Bedford County. The Helixville Winery is owned and operated by Rodney and Janet Giesel. Our wines are a selection from grapes grown in Pennsylvania. We have picked our 5 favorites for our current wines that are available at this time.

From Bedford take Rt. 30 W about 10 miles to the light in Schellsburg. Turn right onto Rt. 96 N. Follow 96 N for 2 miles then turn left onto Hoover Rd. Go 1 mile and turn right onto Helixville Rd. Staying on Helixville Rd., drive 2 miles to Tomco Rd. and turn right. The winery is located 2/10 mile on your right. 814-733-4667

Ridgetop Orchards
Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm
Ridgetop Orchards... purveyors of locally grown cherries, peaches & apples for over 35 years. We invite you to come taste the fruits of our labor! Pick your own cherries in June. Fresh peaches in August. Apple varieties August - December. Signature fruit jams, butters & sauces available throughout the year. Porch store located in Fishertown, PA - about 8 scenic miles from Bedford. Open seasonally, August - December, Monday - Saturday 9 - 5. Visit us on our porch or order online today!

Glades Pike Winery
Open 11-6, 7 days a week. From Bedford, take Rt. 30 W for 3 miles. Bear left onto Rt. 31 W and drive for about 50 mins ... past Somerset. The winery is 5 miles past Somerset, on the left. 65 mins W of Bedford. 814-445-3753

Oak Spring Winery in Altoona and Bedford
Altoona winery hours are 11-6, 7 days a week. Take I-99 N, 4 miles past Altoona. Take the Pinecroft Exit and follow the signs to the winery (located 1 mile from the exit). 45 mins N of Bedford.
814-946-3799

Wine & Spirits
Pennsylvania State Liquor Store. Open Mon-Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 9-9; Closed Sun. Located in Bedford at 409 E Pitt St. 814-623-6612




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Flight 93 Memorial
This memorial was created to honor the men and women lost on September 11th, 2001 in a field just 30 mins west of Bedford. It was created by the visitors who wished to leave some form of tribute to loved ones lost that day. DIRECTIONS: From Bedford, follow US 30 west approximately 25 miles to Lambertsville Road
(3 miles beyond Buckstown). Turn left onto Lambertsville Road. Travel approximately 3 miles to the Memorial entrance and turn left. Approx 30 minutes west of Bedford.
More information is available at: WWW.NPS.GOV/FLNI

Flight 93 Memorial Chapel
Upon leaving the Flight 93 Memorial, turn left, traveling south on Lambertsville Rd. for 1.9 miles. Turn right on Covered Bridge Road and drive 1 mile to Gobblers Knob Rd. Turn right on Gobblers Knob Rd. and take the first left onto Fiegtown Rd. in 0.2 miles. Drive .5 miles on Fiegtown Road and turn left onto Welsh Road. Turn right in 466 feet onto Stutzman Rd. The Chapel is located 1 mile from Welsh Road on Stutzman Road. The Chapel is located 2.5 miles from Shanskville on right. Hours are listed on their web site at: www.flt93memorialchapel.org



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Gettysburg National Military Park
For the most direct route, take Route 30 east. After arriving in Gettysburg, to get to the National Park Visitors Center, turn right at Washington St. Drive a few blocks. The Visitors Center is to your right. There are many commercial activities dedicated to the civil war in Gettysburg, but we recommend your visit begin with the National Park Visitor Center ... enclosed within this building is a museum gallery, film and cyclorama program. Visitor info is free, exhibits are: Adults $10.50, Seniors/Military $9.50, Kids $6.50 (admission fee includes all 3 exhibits). Located 90 mins east of Breezewood. (717) 334-1124

Antietam National Battlefield
The bloodiest day of the Civil War happened on this ground in Sharpsburg, MD. (9 miles south of Hagerstown). You should go to the visitor center first, open daily 8:30-7 (June-Sept), 8:30-5 (Oct-May). It is located 1 mile north of Sharpsburg, along SR65. From there, visit the battlefield (an 8 mile driving tour can be obtained from the visitors center.) Final stop might be the Antietam National Cemetery. From Breezewood, take I-70 East to Hagerstown. Take exit #29 for Route 65. Drive 9 miles S to the Visitors Center (on your left). $4 per person or $6 per family. 65 minutes from Breezewood. (301) 432-5124

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
30 mins south of Antietem, this was key to the security of Washington DC. Also the site of John Brown’s famous raid, attempting to ignite a slave insurrection. Open 8-5 daily. $6 per car $4 per person. From Antietem, take Rt. 34 W to Shepherdstown. Then, Rt. 230 S to Rt. 340 E. Take Rt. 340 E to Harpers Ferry. (304) 535-6298

Col. Higgins Defense
In central Bedford County, entrenchments were prepared to provide protection against an anticipated Confederate attack (to take or destroy the Altoona Railroad). The Confederate defeat at Gettysburg removed this threat. The entrenchments are still visible. Take Rt. 30 to Pennwood (D-3 on centerfold county map) Take Upper Snake Spring Rd North. Go to the left to stay on SR1005.
The entrenchments will be on your left.



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Fort Bedford Museum
(See ad on page 23) Fort Bedford was built by the British as part of their fortified supply road, (Forbes Trail). The British Road was the instrument that helped the British eradicate the French presence at Fort Duquesne. This Fort was a protector of that road The Museum was constructed on the site of the 1758 Fort. Fort Bedford Museum is located in downtown Bedford at 110 Fort Bedford Drive (just north of the corner of Pitt & Juliana Streets). 814-623-8891. Admission fee. Group rates available. Open May-October, call for hours.

Fort Ligonier
Part of the British campaign against the French, built to support Forbes Trail and the effort to destroy the French at Fort Duquesne. There is now a museum that is open April 15th - Nov. 15th Mon-Sat from 10-4:30 and Sunday 12-4:30. $8 - Adults; $5 - Youth. Located at the intersection of Rt. 30 and State Route 711 in the town of Ligonier (about 60 minutes west of Bedford along Rt. 30). (724) 238-9701

Fort Necessity
and Braddock’s Grave

The battle at the “Great Meadows” was the opening battle of the French and Indian War. The National Park Service Visitor Center is the best place to begin your visit. The ranger on duty will answer any questions you have and collect your entrance fee. Plan 2 1/2 hours. Braddock’s Grave – In 1755, Major General Braddock led an expedition against Fort Duquesne, with a young aide named George Washington. Braddock was mortally wounded during the campaign, and died after the British retreat. Washington officiated at Braddock’s funeral and Braddock was buried in the road that his men had built. The army then marched over the grave to obliterate traces of it. He was later reinterred onto a small knoll adjacent to the road 90 mins W of Bedford in Farmington, PA.
(724) 329-5512.



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OLD BEDFORD VILLAGE
A wonderful collection of historic homes, shops, craftsmen and characters. Characters from the past interact as they occupy the village. Allow about 2 hours. Also, check the calendar of events for the special events that are often held here ... French-Indian War reenactments ... Civil War reenactments, etc. Many events of interest. Old Bedford Village is also a re-enactors dream. If you are a re-enactor, be sure to ask about the re-enactment schedule from the director. Also, see the Calendar of Events on pages 6-9 for a listing of special events. Located 1 mile N of Bedford, along Business Rt. 220.
1-800-238-4347. Admission fee.



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Fort Bedford Museum
(See ad on page 23) Fort Bedford was built by the British as part of their fortified supply road, (Forbes Trail). The British Road was the instrument that helped the British eradicate the French presence at Fort Duquesne. This Fort was a protector of that road The Museum was constructed on the site of the 1758 Fort. Fort Bedford Museum is located in downtown Bedford 110 Fort Bedford Drive (just north of the corner of Pitt & Juliana Streets). 814-623-8891. Admission fee. Group rates available. Open May-October, call for hours.

Heritage Discovery Center
This center contains several attractions: the “America: Through Immigrant Eyes” exhibit; the Johnstown Children’s Museum and the Iron & Steel Gallery. Take Rt. 56 to Johnstown. Rt. 56 will become Rt. 219. Take Rt. 56 Expressway exit off of Rt. 219 North. After passing through downtown and passing the baseball stadium, watch to your left for 7th Ave. At 7th ave, turn left into parking lot. 50 mins from Bedford. Adults $8 Seniors $7 Kids $6 (This is a 3-for-one-ticket that includes admission to the Heritage Discovery Center, Johnstown Children’s Museum and the Johnstown Flood Museum). 814-539-1889

Johnstown Children’s Museum
This museum is located in the Heritage Discovery Center, and allows children to learn through play about Johnstown’s geography, history, culture, industry & more.
(For admission fee, see “Heritage Discovery Center, above)

Johnstown Flood Museum
Preserving the story of the 1889 flood in which 2,209 people lost their lives & tens of thousands were left homeless. June-Aug open daily 10-5; 10-7 Fri and Sat.; Sep-May open daily 10-5. Take Rt. 56 to Johnstown. Rt. 56 will become Rt. 219. Take Rt. 56 Expressway exit off of Rt. 219 North. Go to first stop light. Turn right onto Walnut Street. Go straight through 4 lights Museum is on the right. 50 mins from Bedford. (For admission fee, see “Heritage Discovery Center, above) 814-539-1889

Swigart’s Auto Museum
Antique and unusual vehicles on display, including Pierce-Arrow, Packard, Marmon, Duesenberg, Cord. Many pre-1914 cars and even two Tuckers. Herbie the Love Bug still lives here. Open every day Memorial Day Weekend-Oct from 10-5. Take Rt. 26 N toward Huntingdon, then take Rt. 22E. The museum is on the left. 60 mins from Breezewood. Adults $7 Seniors $6.50 Kids $3. 814-643-0885

Altoona Railroaders Museum / Horseshoe Curve
The Railroaders Museum is interactive with hands-on displays highlighting the railroad worker & the daily operation of the railroad 40 mins N of Bedford. Take I-99 north to Altoona’s 17th St exit. Drive to 9th Ave. Museum on right. Mon-Sat 10-5 & Sun 11-5 (May-Oct); Fri-Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5 (Nov-Dec). Groups only in April. The Horseshoe Curve is a marvelous feat of engineering and a short drive from the museum. Daily 11-4 (April), Daily 10-6; Sun 11-5 (May-Oct), Fri-Sun 11-4 (Nov). Combo tickets $10/Adults; $8/Seniors; $7/Kids. 814-946-0834

The National Museum of the American Coverlet
The first institution devoted solely to American woven coverlets, both figured and geometric. Open year round, Monday through Saturday from 10-5 and Sundays from 12-4. Allow 45 minutes.Museum shop also on the premises offers reproduction textiles, reference materials and gifts. The museum is located in downtown Bedford on Juliana Street. From the courthouse, go south on Juliana street for 2 blocks. The museum is in the old Common School building on the right. Individual and group rates. Admission runs about $6. 814-623-1588

Jimmy Stewart Museum
If you are a fan of Jimmy Stewart, this museum is for you. Stewart movies always playing and a great gift shop, especially “Wonderful Life” items. Open everyday except major holidays: Mon-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5. Adults $7, Seniors & Students $6, Kids $5. Take Rt. 220 N toward Altoona, then take Rt. 22 West to Ebensburg. Then take Rt. 422 W to Indiana PA. Take the Oakland Ave/Rt. 286 exit. Follow Rt. 286 straight into Indiana. At Philadelphia Street, Museum building will be straight ahead (845 Philadelphia St.) 90 mins from Bedford. (724) 349-6112

Coal Miner’s Museum
For over a century, immigrant miners toiled deep underground in the coal mines, fueling America’s industrial revolution ... a must-see if you’re into coal history & railroading. Open Friday & Saturday 10-5 and Sundays 1-5 (April-Nov). Take Rt. 26 to Saxton and then Rt. 913 east to Robertsdale. See a PA map if you’re coming from Breezewood, because a shorter route is available. The museum is located on Church Street in Robertsdale, PA. 814-635-3807

 



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The 1857 Keystone Foundry has been preserved as it was left in 1935. 20 mins N of Breezewood. Jun-Sep open Sat-Sun 1-4 Hopewell, PA. 814-928-5322

The Windber Coal Heritage Center offers displays about coal mining in PA. Mon, Wed & Fri 11-9;
Tue & Thur 11-3:30; Sat 10-5. Located in Windber, PA (35 mins NW on Rt. 56). 814-467-6680

Coal Miner’s Museum
For over a century, immigrant miners toiled deep underground in the coal mines, fueling America’s industrial revolution ... a must-see if you’re into coal history & railroading. Open Friday & Saturday 10-5 and Sundays 1-5 (April-Nov). Take Rt. 26 to Saxton and then Rt. 913 east to Robertsdale. See a PA map if you’re coming from Breezewood, because a shorter route is available. The museum is located on Church Street in Robertsdale, PA. 814-635-3807

C&O Canal National Historic Park Exhibits about the canal, boat building, coal, etc. 30 mins south of Bedford in Cumberland, MD Open daily 9-5. (301)722-8226



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The Anderson House at one point housed the only bank between Pittsburgh and Chambersburg. Now an antique store, but the vault can still be seen inside. On Pitt Street in downtown Bedford.

The 1806 Old Log Church is on land donated by Schellsburg founder, John Schell.  The interior still contains the original wine-glass pulpit, pews, and galleries.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, daily from dawn until dusk. Also open weekends in April, May, September, and October from 9-6. Call 814-733-2984 for more info.

Fallingwater is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous designs. Open from mid-March through Thanksgiving, open 10-4. Closed Wednesday. About $18 for adults - About $12 for youth. 90 mins W of Bedford. (724) 329-8501. Call for directions and info. Reservations required.


Kentuck Knob is a Frank Lloyd Wright home and garden located 7 miles from Fallingwater. Daily 10-4; except Wednesdays 12-4. Adult $16 Youth $10-$12. 90 mins west of Bedford. (724) 329-1901
Call for directions and info.



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DelGrosso’s
Along old Rt. 220 in Tipton, PA. This charming amusement park is tree lined and family friendly. The park facility features many rides, and also a water park. You can enter the ride park and walk around for free. You only pay for attractions and food. Take I-99 N from Bedford. (866) 684-3538. 45 mins north of Bedford.

Lakemont Park
700 Park Ave. Altoona, PA 16602. Rides and arcade area. The park facility features 28 rides. Entrance to the park is free. There is a charge for the water park. Also, ride tickets can be individually purchased, or via an all day ride pass. Take I-99 N to Frankstown Road Exit. You can see the park from the exit. 35 mins north of Bedford.
814-949-7275

Idlewild and SoakZone
Along Rt. 30 in Ligonier, PA. The largest of the regional parks, but a longer ride to get there and higher cost. Rides and attractions, including the Mister Rogers Neighborhood section. (Fred Rogers was from nearby Latrobe area). Admission is $31.99, Seniors $23.99, Kids 2 and under are free. 1-800-432-9386. It is 2 miles west of Ligonier, PA. 70 mins west of Bedford along route 30.





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The Critter Tour
The critter tour is a great activity for a rain-free day. Deer, emu, bison and lots’a trout can keep the little ones interested for an hour or so. Two potential hazards to avoid: First: Do not have a dog along with you (notice the “dog-free” area at the deer farm). Second: Watch the kids around the trout pools. In the history of the trout hatchery, only a few people have ever fallen into the pools. Don’t make history.

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park
Morrisons Cove Memorial Park encompasses 21 acres within the borough of Martinsburg. The Acorn Cove Play Park - maintained and financially supported by the community, The Huntsman Bowling Center and snack bar - a computerized ten lane bowling center, A multipurpose gymnasium - the only skating rink in Blair County. It can be rented for skating parties, basketball, volleyball or soccer, and includes a batting cage, The Hershberger Memorial Pool - a heated outdoor swimming pool with two waterslides and a wading pool. Day and season passes are available as well as swim lessons and a Monday evening Water Gym class, Various affiliates are also located within the Park complex such as the Community Library, Abby's Day Care and IU8 classrooms. 201 S. Walnut St., Martinsburg PA 16662, Phone: (814) 793-2176 Fax: (814) 793-0187

Slinky Action Zone
Did you know that the slinky was invented so nearby? This isn’t a museum about it ... but a large kids play areas that will entertain the little one’s for hours. Bring along a book to read ... because your kids will probably want to stay longer than you will. Open Mon-Thur 11-9; Fri 11-11; Sat 10-11; Sun 12-9. Admission $5 (age 4-14); $3 (age 1-3) for the soft play area ... balls, tunnels and tubes. There’s also a laser tag area ($5 admission). Food available. Located 35 mins N of Bedford. Call them for specific directions. 814-695-1515

Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
Located in Donegal, PA (About 1 hour west of Bedford). This family fun park host an assortment of amusement rides, three go-kart tracks, miniature golf and driving range, batting cages, arcades and snacks, and bumber boats with water cannons. Easily accessible from PA Turnpike Exit 91
Only 1.5 miles east on Rt.31 from Exit 91 (Donegal)

132 Caddie Shack Road Rd.
Donegal, PA 15628
724-593-7400

Fast Food Playgrounds
Yep ... sometimes, all you need is a playground at a Burger King or McDonalds. Just east of Bedford along Rt. 30, Burger King has a nice indoor playground. McDonalds, located along Rt. 30, 4 miles east of Bedford, has a playground that is semi-enclosed. It is comfortable on all but the coldest days.



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If you’d like to meet “under roof” to reminisce, The Gateway Travel Plaza in Breezewood offers extremely easy access from DC, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Just off of PA Turnpike exit 161, they have meeting rooms for small to medium groups and a full service restaurant.

In or near Bedford, Clara’s Place, Ed’s Steak House, The Carriage House, Jean Bonnet Tavern, Bedford Tavern and the Omni Bedford Springs Resort are all full service restaurants that offer beer, wine and mixed drinks. Each can coordinate a private area for groups.

Denny’s and Hoss’s Steak & Sea House have seperate rooms that you can reserve and are full service restaurants, too.

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park
Morrisons Cove Memorial Park encompasses 21 acres within the borough of Martinsburg. Seven picnic pavilions and a camping sites with hookups electric and water, A multipurpose gymnasium - the only skating rink in Blair County. It can be rented for skating parties, basketball, volleyball or soccer, and includes a batting cage, The Weaver Banquet Facility that seats 200, The Hershberger Memorial Pool - a heated outdoor swimming pool with two waterslides and a wading pool. Day and season passes are available as well as swim lessons and a Monday evening Water Gym class, Various affiliates are also located within the Park complex such as the Community Library, Abby's Day Care and IU8 classrooms. 201 S. Walnut St., Martinsburg PA 16662, Phone: (814) 793-2176 Fax: (814) 793-0187



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Meeting Places
Place Phone # Largest
Capacity
#
Mtng.
Rooms
Blue Knob All Seasons Resort
25 minutes north of Bedford
(814) 239-5111 80 2
Briar Valley Winery
107 E Pitt St. Bedford, PA 15522
(814)-623-0900 75 1
Creekside Resort and Ranch
1461 Big Creek Road, Clearville, PA 15535
(814) 784-0062 100 1
(pavilion)
Denny's Restaurant
1/8 mile south of Bedford Turnpike exit #146
(814) 623-7079 80 1
Friendship Village
Friendship Center
(814) 623-1677 135 1
Friendship Village
Club Room
(814) 623-1677 80 1
Gateway Travel Plaza
1/8 mile west of Breezewood T-Pike exit #161
(814) 735-4011 50 2
Holiday Inn Express
1/4 mile W of Breezewood T-Pike exit #161
(814) 735-4011 50 3
Morrisons Cove Memorial Park
201 S. Walnut St., Martinsburg PA 16662
(814) 793-2176 200 1
Old Bedford Villiage
1 Mile south of Bedford Turnpike exit #146
(866) 623-1156 200 1
Omni Bedford Springs Resort
3 miles south of Bedford Turnpike exit #146
(866) 623-8163 320 12
The Hall at Kinton's Knob - (Pioneer Library)
4.5 miles west of Bedford on Rt. 30
(814) 623-2011 200 1
Quality Inn - Bedford
1/8 mile north of Bedford Turnpike exit #146
(814) 623-5188 70 2
Travelodge Bedford
1/4 mile north of Bedford Turnpike exit #146
(814) 623-9006 180 4
The Union Hotel
128 East Main Street, Everett, Pa. 15537
(814) 348-1210 50 2




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The Lincoln Highway (Route 30)
The first coast-to-coast road passes right through Bedford County. A tour is on page 47. The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor has exhibits, murals and vintage gas pumps along this historic roadway. Contact them for info at (724) 238-9030 or online at www.lhhc.org.

Gravity Hill / Covered Bridge Tour
Our most popular driving tour. Covered 8 of our 14 covered bridges. Visit the covered bridge page, or request a visitors guide for step by step driving instructions.

The GPS Scavenger Hunt
If you have a GPS Receiver, capable of showing longitude and latitude settings, you may enjoy this tour through Bedford County.

The Critter Tour
The critter tour is a great activity for a rain-free day. Deer, emu, bison and lots’a trout can keep the little ones interested for an hour or so. Two potential hazards to avoid: First: Do not have a dog along with you (notice the “dog-free” area at the deer farm). Second: Watch the kids around the trout pools. In the history of the trout hatchery, only a few people have ever fallen into the pools. Don’t make history.



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Bedford Elks
Phone: (814) 623-9316
Admission: $2.25-$2.50 a game
Hours: Open 7-days a week for open bowling.
Sunday 1pm-10pm; Monday 1pm-5pm; Tuesday 1pm-5:30pm;
Wednesday 3:30pm-5pm; Thursday 1pm-5pm; Friday 3pm-5pm and
9:30-Midnight; and Saturday 2pm-Midnight..
Driving Directions: Located 1 mile south of Bedford on Business Route 220 (Richard Street).
Morrisons Cove Memorial Park
Morrisons Cove Memorial Park encompasses 21 acres within the borough of Martinsburg. Witin the park you will find the Huntsman Bowling Center and snack bar - a computerized ten lane bowling center.201 S. Walnut St., Martinsburg PA 16662, Phone: (814) 793-2176 Fax: (814) 793-0187



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Here are locations of some public tennis courts in Bedford County, PA. All courts are free, first come, first served.
Bedford - From the corner of Pitt and Richard Streets, take Richard Street south 3 blocks. Turn left onto Watson Street. Go 1 block. Turn right onto Bedford Street. Go 1/2 block. Immediately after passing Ritchey Avenue ... turn left into the next alley. Go 100 yards. Courts on your left.

Bedford - There are other public courts by Cameron Avenue. From corner of Pitt and Richards Streets, take Pitt Street west for 2 blocks. Turn left onto northwest Street at Gulf gas station. Within 1/2 block, turn right onto Central Way. Go 100 yards and bear left onto Cameron Avenue.



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Moon-Glo Skating
Phone: (814) 623-9597
Admission: Between $2 - $3; skate rentals are $1
Hours: Wednesday 7pm-9pm; Friday 7pm-10pm; Saturday 2pm-4:30pm and 7:30pm-10:30pm; Sunday 2pm-4:30pm and 7pm-10pm.
Driving Directions: 1 mile north of Bedford on Business Route 220



Morrisons Cove Memorial Park
Morrisons Cove Memorial Park encompasses 21 acres within the borough of Martinsburg. witin the park you will find a multipurpose gymnasium - the only skating rink in Blair County. It can be rented for skating parties, basketball, volleyball or soccer, and includes a batting cage.



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Summit Quest
Free weights, hammer strength machines, aerobic exercise machines.
Phone: (814) 623-6031 Admission: Walk-in visitors $5
Driving Directions: Located at the east end of Bedford behind Papa Johns Pizza. 14) 623-9597
Pro Care
Cybex strength machines and free weights. Sauna.
Phone: (814) 624-2497
Admission: Walk-in visitors $10
Driving Directions: Located 4 miles east of Bedford on Route 30 ... if you're driving east of Bedford on Route 30 and you reach McDonalds, you just passed it.


Morrisons Cove Memorial Park
Morrisons Cove Memorial Park encompasses 21 acres within the borough of Martinsburg. witin the park you will find a multipurpose gymnasium - the only skating rink in Blair County. It can be rented for skating parties, basketball, volleyball or soccer, and includes a batting cage.



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Buck Valley Ranch
Offers organized trail rides through the mountains of Fulton County. They supply the horses. Some beautiful views along their trail.
Phone: 1-800-294-3759
Admission: Call for rates and reservations.
Driving Directions: Located 20 minutes southeast of Breezewood. Call for directions.

Creekside Resort
Offers organized trail rides through beautiful southern Bedford County. They supply the horses. Experience the beauty of nature as you take the reins of your very own steed through 140 plus acres of picturesque terrain.
Phone: 1-814-784-0062
Admission: Call for rates and reservations.
Address: 1461 Big Creek Road, Clearville, PA 15535.

Monsour Sheep Farm
Monsour Sheep Farm Offers horse boarding for guests to their vacation homes and has areas that you can ride through their farm. Very peaceful and quiet.
Phone: (814) 623-8243
Driving Directions: Call for directions.

Miles of equestrian trails are open at Blue Knob State Park. You can get a park map from us at the Bedford County Visitors Bureau office or by calling them direct at (814) 276-3576.



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Our Golf Guide can help you plan a great golf outing to Bedford County. The guide features course maps, slope ratios, course ratings and hole distance and par. It also has a mini map of Bedford County that shows the locations of each course. Very handy if you want to plan a few days of golf here. Call us for your free copy of our very informative Golf Guide at 1-800-765-3331.

Click here for names of some of our area courses. Get a Golf Guide to learn how to get there ... or give each course a call.

Friendship Village Campground
Mini-Golf, Game Room, Concession Stand, Paddle Boats..
Phone: (814) 623-1677
Driving Directions: Located 2 miles west of Bedford (PA Turnpike Exti 146) off Route 30.



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Critters
Trek through our game lands and state forests and you'll find a lots of "critters." The sites listed below have animals in more contained settings. Many of these sites are part of our "Bison, Fish, Fawn and Fowl" tour.
 
Fish Hatchery
There is a small museum at the Fish Hatchery, including wildlife species from Pennsylvania. Various fish species, birds, reptiles and mammals are on display. This is a working fish hatchery (this station raises over 350,000 trout for release per year) and the trout tanks also hold live trout in various stages of development. Kids love it ... and rarely do they ever fall into the trout pools. (The pools aren't treacherous or anything, but it is possible to do). So, if you have a young little daredevil who likes to show off his/her "balancing" skills, do hold onto their hand when walking through the trout pools. Organized tours for large groups can be arranged by calling.
Phone: (814) 839-2211
Hours: Open 9am-3:30pm every day.
Driving Directions: Located 15 minutes northwest of Bedford. From Bedford take I-99 / Route 220 north for about 5 miles and exit onto Rt. 56 west. Drive 6 miles on Rt. 56 and turn right onto Reynoldsdale Road and then immediately left onto Fish Hatchery Road. The Fish Hatchery is on your right.
Admission: Free

Bison Farm
Visit the bison at the Bison Corral ... working farm. Organized tours can be arranged for large groups ... call for details.
Phone: (814) 733-4908
Admission:
Free
Hours: Open April-December, Monday-Saturday10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Winter hours: Thursday-Sunday. Other hours by chance.
Driving Directions: Located 12 miles west of Bedford. From Bedford take Route 30 west. Staying on Route 30, at the traffic light in Schellsburg drive 2 miles further to the Bison Corral. The shop is to your left ... the bison roam in the fields on both sides of the road.

Acorn Acres Deer Farm
If you take a walk through the countryside of Buchanan State Forest, you'll encounter wildlife (probably deer) if you're paying attention. For a sure-fire deer encounter, check out Acorn Acres Deer Farm. Acorn Acres Deer Farm has deer, emu and pygmy goats. Do not bring a dog along in this area.
Admission: Free
Driving Directions: Located northwest of Bedford. From Bedford take I-99 / Route 220 north for about 5 miles and exit onto Rt. 56 west. Drive 2.3 miles and turn left onto Dogwood Road. Go 1 mile and turn right up into the steep driveway.



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A collection of on-road countryside loops is available by clicking here. The loops range from easy to the extremely difficult. There are other biking loops for our county and region at www.cyclesa.com. Fat Jimmy's, in Bedford, has bike sales, rentals and accessories (9,000 square feet of 'em). Fat Jimmy's also does repairs ... call them at (814) 735-2453.



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The Juniata River is a gentle river that can provide a very pleasant day of paddling. Our Juniata River Guide can be helpful if you want to plan a paddling trip on the river. Call us for a copy at 1-800-765-3331. The Juniata River can provide a long river trip experience. One area of the river that you might find quite desirable is at Warrior's Path State Park. It is quite possible Shawnee Lake can also provide a pleasant day of paddling ... 451 acres of water.



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There are excellent hiking trails for you to enjoy in Bedford County. A very pleasant, very simple hike is the Lake Shore Trail, which is a 3.5 mile loop around Shawnee Lake. there are no obstacles like fallen trees and creeks to cross. This loop is also used by bikes. Pea gravel covers most of the trail, in a wooded / country lake setting. The loop is at Shawnee State Park. There are other, longer and more challenging loops at Shawnee as well. 15 miles total of good hiking trails, ranking from easy to moderately difficult.For mountain hiking, Blue Knob State Park is your spot. 17 miles of trails through changing timber types, crossing streams, etc... Trails are moderate to difficult. Maps of each park are available from the Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-765-3331.

For long hikes ...
The Mid State Trail goes through Bedford County and runs over 160 miles, from the Maryland border, all the way to Pine Creek Gorge. For info, contact Mid State Trail Association, PO Box 167, Boalsburg, PA 16827.



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Blue Knob State Park
Blue Knob State Park is our "Big Mountain Park." 5,600 acres of woodland wilderness. Usually a few degrees cooler than the surrounding areas, due to the elevation ... 3146 at the peak. 17 miles of hiking trails, many also open for horseback riding. Swimming is open (weather permitting) at the swimming pool from 11am-7pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Some trails open for mountain biking. Chappel's Field Trail is a good challenge for beginners. More experienced riders find the Three Springs Trail a good intermediate ride. Expert riders find challenge in the Rock N' Ridge Trail and Mountain View Trail. They, of course, offer picnicking (pavilions can be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee). Unreserved pavilions also available on first come / first served basis. Also, 200 picnic tables are available throughout the park. Camping is available at the 42-tent and trailer sites open from the 2nd Friday in April through the 3rd Sunday in October. Snowmobile trails are open after hunting season is over, with 8 miles of trail / road. Expert Cross Country Skiing trails.
Phone: (814) 276-3576
Driving Directions: From Bedford take I-99 / Route 220 north to Route 869 west (Osterburg exit). Take Route 869 west to Pavia. Follow signs from Pavia to the park.

Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park is our "Small Lake Park" with 3900 acres surrounding a beautiful 451 acre lake. 15 miles of hiking trails, including the very pleasant "Lake Shore Trail." This 3.5 mile is a very easy walk through outdoor splendor. This trail is also a pleasant bike trail. Swimming along the sand and turf beach, with modern bathhouses, flush toilets & showers. Beach is open late May through mid September (8am-sunset). Lake fishing ... stocked with warm water game fish, including smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, etc... ADA accessible fishing pier available. Non powered (and electric motor powered) boats can be launched from the 3 launching areas. 183 mooring spaces available (Must have State Park launching permit.) Boat rentals available during summer. Very easy cycling on the 3.5 mile Lake Shore Trail. Mountain Biking on the other park trails is of moderate difficulty. Camping available at 293 sites with picnic table and fire rings. 50 of these sites have electric hookups. Camping from April through late December. Picnicking pavilions that may be reserved for a fee. Also, unreserved pavilions for first come / first served. Snowmobile trails are open to registered snowmobiles on an 11 mile trail network. Sled riding near Picnic Area #2 is great. Ice fishing popular here. Be sure ice is at least 4 inches thick.
Phone: (814) 733-4218
Driving Directions: From Bedford, take Route 30 west toward Schellsburg. 1 mile east of Schellsburg, is the main entrance to the park (on your left). There is also another entrance area off of route 96. Take Route 30 into Schellsburg. At the red light, turn south onto Route 96. The main office for the park is a mile south, on your left. Park.

Warriors Path State Park
Warriors Path State Park is a small park at the Northeastern corner of the county. 334 acres, good for picnicking and short hikes. Pavilions available. Day us only.
Phone: (814) 658-3847
Driving Directions: Located about 40 minutes Northwest of Breezewood. From Breezewood take Route 30 west to Route 26 north. Take Route 26 north to Route 913 (Saxton). From Saxton take Warriors Path Park Road.

Buchanan State Forest
Buchanan State Forest and Game Lands cover much of Bedford County. Trails and picnic pavilions Call the Bedford County Visitors Bureau for a map of this huge land area at 1-800-765-3331.




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Blue Knob All Seasons Resort
The highest skiable mountain is PA is right here in Bedford County. Blue Knob All Seasons Resort has 34 trails available and 3 lifts. Tubing park and snow-boarding area.
Phone: (814) 239-5111
Admission: Call for rates and reservation.
Driving Directions: Located at the northwestern corner of Bedford County, PA ... 25 minutes from Bedford. From Bedford take I-99 / Route 220 north to the Claysburg/King exit. Follow business Route 220 north to Claysburg. Turn left at the traffic light onto Ski Gap Road and follow signs.

Whitetail Mountain Resort
Phone: (717) 328-9400
Admission: Call for rates and reservation.
Driving Directions: Located about 50 minutes east of Breezewood, just south of Mercersburg, PA. Take Route 30 east to Fort Loudon. There, take Route 75 south to Shimpstown. Turn right onto Shimpstown Road. Cross the bridge. Take 2nd left onto Blair's Valley Road. Follow the snowflake signs.

Seven Springs
Offers 31 ski slopes and trails on 275 acres of terrain. Snowmobiles available for 1 hour guided tours. Snow cat rides 11pm-Midnight. Snowboard Terrain Park and Snow tubing.
Phone: (814) 352-7777
Admission: Call for rates and reservation.
Driving Directions: Located an hour west of Bedford Take Route 31 west. Drive 15 miles past Somerset.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING...
If Cross Country Skiing is your thing, the golf course at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort is a good spot for obstacle free cross country skiing in a mountainous surrounding. For intermediate to expert cross country skiers ... try Blue Knob State Park (challenging trails). For a nice 3.5 mile loop, try the Lake Shore Trail at Shawnee State Park (10-foot wide path also used for bikes, is kept free of obstacles) ... excellent scenery on an easy to ski trail.



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Bedford County Court House
Built in 1828-1829 and still operating. Simple, elegant architecture, with a pair of curved staircases that lead to the courtroom. Located at the corner of Juliana and Penn Streets in downtown Bedford, PA.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30; Closed Holidays
Phone: (814) 623-4833

The Pioneer Historic Library
Doing genealogical research? This library and the Court House should be your first stops. Many family histories are researched here and there are numerous files of previously completed research.
Phone: (814) 623-2011

January through March:
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - Closed Tuesday through Friday - Open from 9 am to 4 pm

April through December:
Monday through Friday - Open from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday - Open third Saturdays in April through October from 9 am to 2 pm. - Closed other Saturdays Sunday - Closed

Closed on major holidays and sometimes for a day or two before or after the holdiay. Exceptions to normal hours will be posted on their webpage.

The Bedford County Historical Society has moved. They are now housed in an historic "bank" barn, situated next to a log house on the Lincoln Highway. Their new address is 6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522, which is about four miles west downtown Bedford, PA

Historic Memorial Park
Final resting place of the country's earliest settlers, including Revolutionary War Veterans.
Driving Directions: Located at the corner of Juliana and John Streets in downtown Bedford, PA

Guided Tours of Historic Bedford
Guided Tours of Historic Bedford are offered from June-October on Friday Afternoons.
Phone: 1-800-765-3331
Admission: Free



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If you're looking to do some swimming or paddling, Shawnee Lake (located at Shawnee State Park) will probably be the place you'll want to go. If you're looking to do some speed boating or lake cruising, you'll want to visit Raystown Lake. Raystown Lake is the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania and it's at the northeastern edge of Bedford.