Falling Creek Park (Bedford) – 9 miles of beginner to intermediate single track.
Location: 45 minutes east of Roanoke in Bedford.
Falling Creek Complex – 1257 County Farm Road Bedford, VA 24523
Look for the 122 North sign (not business. If you get to the Wal-mart, you’ve gone to far.), at this exit there will be a sign for 714. Take a right at the end of the exit and go approximately .8 miles. The parking lot is behind the Bedford County Nursing home next to the big red barn.
Hospital: Head back out of the park towards Highway 460, instead of getting on 460, go under the overpass and take a right at the first light (follow the signs for 122 North/221 East), at the light (Forest Road) take a left onto 221 West, take this to Oakwood Street and take a right. This will take you to Bedford Memorial Hospital.
This park is one of Bedford’s little known treasures. I was first introduced to the park during one of the Virginia Derailer mountain bike races. Since then I have been amazed at how the park continually changes. It is a family park, with a playground, pavilions, paved path, Frisbee golf, fitness circuit, shuffle board, bird watching trails, mountain bike trails, and pump track (get maps and trail info at Bedford Trails).
It is loaded with over 9 miles of intermediate rolling, twisty, single track in a beautiful wooded setting. It isn’t uncommon to see wildlife during one of your trips to the park (turtles, raccoons, rabbits, ground hogs, the occasional skunk, and deer).