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Bedford

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Bedford is a town in Southern Indiana, 20 mi (32 km) south of Bloomington. It is the county seat of Lawrence County. The area code is 812. The zip code is 47421.

Get in[edit]

Traffic entering Bedford from Bloomington and farther north from Indianapolis can use IN 37 southbound, while areas to the south near Paoli and Interstate 64 will use IN 37 northbound. From the east, US 50 westbound brings traffic from Seymour and Interstate 65. Areas to the west like Vincennes will follow US 50 eastbound. From the southeast, IN 60 (at Mitchell) brings traffic from Salem and Louisville.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Caves[edit]

  • Bluespring Caverns, 1459 Bluespring Caverns Rd, +1 812 279-9471. Apr & May: Sa, Su only, 9AM-5PM; Memorial Day-Oct 31: daily, 9AM-5PM; Nov 1-March 31: closed. Bluespring Caverns is the longest known underground river in the United State, stretching for 21 miles (33.8 km). Hour long boat tours are given of the river system. Youth groups may also book overnight stays in the cave. The walk to the tour boats is 800 feet (243 m) down and back up a steep ramp. Adults: $12, Children 3 to 15: $6. Children under 3 are not recommended.

City & county parks[edit]

  • Mitchell City Park. Swimming, picnic area, playground, horseshoes, basketball and community building.
  • Otis Park. Golf, tennis, picnic area, softball and shelter house.
  • Lawrence County Recreational Park, Inc., +1 812 275-0186, toll-free: +1-800-232-2283. 12 miles (19 km) south of Bloomington. Motorcycles and ATVs only. OHV trails designed by Riders and Riders. Open 7 days a week.
  • Murray Forest Park. Softball, playground and hiking trails.
  • Thornton Park. Swimming, tennis, playground and shelter house.
  • Wilson Park. Baseball, horseshoes, playground and shelter house.

State parks[edit]

  • Spring Mill State Park, 3333 IN 60, Mitchell, +1 812 849-4129. Lodging, dining, picnic areas, pioneer village, horse trails and saddle barn, fishing and swimming, cave tours, camping, hiking and nature center. Also houses a museum to Virgil "Gus" Grissom, an astronaut killed in an Apollo mission in 1967.
  • Williams Dam State Recreation Area (Williams, IN). Boat launch, fishing, camping and picnic area.

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Do[edit]

Golf[edit]

  • Cedar Valley, +1 812 849-2255. The 18-hole course is 5,235 yards, par 70. Driving range and putting green.
  • Otis Park, +1 812 279-9092. The 18-hole course is 6,300 yards, par 72. Driving range, practice greens, pitching green and pro shop.
  • Persimmon Ridge. The 9-hole course is 2,500 yards, par 39. Putting Green.
  • J Rock Ridge Golf Course (IN 60, 2 miles east of Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell). The 18-hole golf course is 6,313 yards, Par 72. Driving range, putting green, and Pro shop.
  • [dead link]Saddlebrook Golf Club, 5160 IN 60 East, Orleans, 47452, +1 812 849-4653. Located 2 miles from Spring Mill State Park. A stocked pro shop.
  • Stone Crest Golf Community, toll-free: +1-877-566-PUTT (7888). North of Bedford and west off IN 37. 27-hole course, driving range, practice greens, pro shop.

Hunting[edit]

Buy[edit]

Antiques[edit]

Bedford[edit]

  • Bedford Antique Mall, 9746 IN 37.
  • Peddler's Corner, 1420 H St.
  • Trackside Antiques (downtown Bedford).

Mitchell[edit]

  • Ma Nancy's, 609 W. Main St., Mitchell.
  • Mitchell Commons, 631 Main St., Mitchell.
  • S & H Fenton Antiques, 709 Main St., Mitchell.
  • The Frog Pond (Mitchell).
  • The Persimmon Tree, 609 Main St., Mitchell.
  • This 'N' That Antiques and Collectibles, 44 Teke Burton Dr., Mitchell.
  • Trackside Antiques (downtown Bedford).
  • Williams Group, 615 W Main St., Mitchell.

Shopping centers[edit]

  • Bedford Plaza, Mitchell Rd.
  • Englewood Plaza.
  • Lincoln Plaza, Lincoln Ave.
  • Lowe's (IN 37 & 16th St).
  • Stone Cutters Shoppes (29th & Washington).
  • Town Fair Shopping Center (SR 37 & 16th St).
  • Wal-Mart Plaza, W. 16th St.

Other[edit]

  • Applacres, 9104 IN 37, +1 812 279-9721. Fruits, vegetables, cheeses, jams, jellies, cider.
  • Backyards & Gardens, 191 Old US 50, +1 812 278-3190.
  • Bluespring Caverns Giftshop.
  • Common Scents, 1815 28th St., +1 812 278-9634.
  • Crafts & Goodies, US 50 West.
  • Spring Mill Inn Gift Shop, Spring Mill Inn, IN 60, Mitchell.
  • Turner Doll Factory (Heltonville).
  • Aunt Kate's, 2811 Washington Ave. Consignment (used furniture and home decor).

Eat[edit]

In addition to local fare, Bedford has several chain restaurants such as Golden Corral (1521 James Ave), Domino's (2210 O St.), Pizza Hut (2111 West 16th St.), Papa John's (2609 W 16th St.), and Little Caesar's (next to Kmart in the Town Fair Shopping Center).

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By phone[edit]

Most telephone numbers in Bedford consist of +1 812 plus a seven-digit number, but the entire 812 area is now served by an overlay complex of two area codes, with +1 930 being the second. A local or in-state telephone call now requires all 10 digits of the local number be dialed (omitting just the leading +1 from a local landline call).

Signage on many established businesses may still display the original seven-digit numbers; dial 812 before these if no area code is indicated.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Bedford
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