The County of Bedford was established on March 9, 1771 from parts of Cumberland County, and is named for the fort that tamed the area for settlers to follow. At the county seat, you will find the oldest Pennsylvania County Courthouse still in use. The fourteen covered bridges that dot the county landscape are another sign of the area's rich history.
With a population of 49,762 (2010 census) and a size of 1,017 square miles, Bedford County residents enjoy quaint towns in a rural setting that is conveniently located in south central Pennsylvania, just hours away from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Baltimore and Washington DC. Hospitality abounds from modern hotels, historic taverns, peaceful bed and breakfasts and the grand Omni Bedford Springs Resort. One can also enjoy the great mountains, rivers and lakes that offer outdoor recreation.