County consists of 764 square miles in the west-central portion of Virginia
known as the Piedmont Plateau. The City of Bedford, the county seat, is
located in the heart of the county on the U.S. Route 460 corridor midway
between the cities of Lynchburg to the east and Roanoke to the west. The
City covers an area of 6.81 square miles. The Countys boundaries
consist of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the west, the
James River on the northeast and Smith Mountain Lake on the south. The
area has a rolling to hilly terrain with elevations from a low of 800
feet above sea level to
a high of 4,200 feet.
Highways 460, 29, 501 and 81 pass through or are easily accessible from
the Bedford area:
US 460 (Lynchburg
to Roanoke) connecting with
I-81 near Roanoke and
US 29 accessible
US 501 linking
the Shenandoah Valley with
central North Carolina
US 221 connecting
Lynchburg & Bedford
east-west line of Norfolk Southern RR connects the agricultural Midwest,
the industrial Great Lakes and the Allegheny coal fields with the Atlantic
Coast. AMTRAK passenger service is available in Lynchburg.
Lynchburg and Roanoke Regional Airports provide air
service to the Bedford area. Commercial air service is provided by US
Airways Express, Delta Connection, United Express, Comair, ASA and Northwest
with many daily departures and arrivals. Limousine service and rental
cars are available at both airports.
Bedford area is located approximately 220 miles from
the Ports of Virginia, which include one of the finest natural harbors
in the world and three inland river ports. Bedford is also 325 miles from
the port of Baltimore, Maryland, and 495 miles from the port of New York.
trucking firms provide excellent daily carrier service
to the Bedford area.
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