Bedford Springs Resort: A world-renowned resort just 80 miles from Penn State


by Sarah Taylor

Located in the picturesque Pennsylvanian Alleghenies, Omni’s Bedford Springs Resort offers a serene escape into nature coupled with rich historical charm. While the luxury resort dates back to the early 19th century, its modern amenities and extensive outdoor activities make it a sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts, luxury travelers and history buffs alike. 

Omni’s Bedford Springs Resort | Image Credits: Omni Hotels & Resorts 

 One of the resort’s standout features is its extensive network of hiking and biking trails. These trails wind through lush forests, offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys and circle around Koon Lake and Lake Gordon. Whether you're a novice hiker looking for a leisurely stroll or an experienced mountain biker seeking exhilarating terrain, Bedford Springs has trails suitable for all skill levels.  

Guests can also venture to downtown Bedford, only four miles away, by following the Shuster Way Heritage Trail, which connects downtown Bedford to the resort and Fort Bedford Park. Guided tours are also available for those who wish to learn about the local flora, fauna and historical landmarks along the way.  

Old Course in the Fall | Image Credits: Omni Hotels & Resorts 

For visitors seeking a more adventurous outdoor experience, Bedford Springs offers horseback riding excursions. Guests can also enjoy rounds of golf, try their hand at fly fishing in pristine streams or simply relax by the resort's outdoor pools surrounded by lush gardens and scenic vistas.  

Omni Bedford Springs Resort | Image Credits:

 Guests can also have a memorable indoor experience at the resort. With a huge selection of indoor activities, such as private fitness classes, haunted history tours and an adventure scavenger hunt quest, as well as a variety of on-site shops, it’s impossible to be bored. Guests can likewise plan a spa day, swim in the natural mineral spring water indoor pool or eat at one of the resort’s several restaurants. 

However, it’s not just travelers that benefit from the resort’s many offerings. The 2007 restoration and continued operation of Bedford Springs Resort has brought a revival to the local economy of downtown Bedford. By attracting over 200,000 visitors per year, the resort supports local businesses and provides employment opportunities, contributing to the economic vitality of Bedford. 

Historic Photo of the Resort | Image Credits: Omni Bedford Springs 

 Moreover, Bedford Springs Resort is committed to sustainability and preserving the natural beauty of its surroundings. Through initiatives such as habitat restoration and eco-friendly practices, the resort ensures that future generations of locals and travelers alike can continue to enjoy the pristine wilderness that makes Bedford Springs such a special destination. 

In short, Bedford Springs Resort is a luxurious retreat into nature — but also a significant economic boost to the local Bedford community.  

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