Bedford Hike for Hope - 2023

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Welcome to the Bedford Hike for Hope

University of Lynchburg's Claytor Nature Center
Bedford, VA

The Bedford Hike for Hope provides an opportunity to enjoy our natural surroundings and acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.  We hope you will join us in the beautiful setting of Claytor Nature Center for this hope-filled event.

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Event Details

Event Details

Date: 04/23/2023
Location: University of Lynchburg's Claytor Nature, Bedford, VA 
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Trish Cerulli 
Contact Phone: 804-382-0396 
Contact Email:

Contact Name: Marie Taylor
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On 04/23/2023, the 6th annual Bedford Hike for Hope will be hosted at University of Lynchburg's Claytor Nature Center, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

This is our second year hosting the Hike, and we are happy to have grown a bit, along with adding elements to this year's event.  We would love to see the support of our Bedford, Lynchburg, and surrounding communities for those affected by suicide. Please join a team, create your own, or make a donation. 

The Hike will begin and end at the Cloverlea Farmhouse Memorial Gardens. There will be music, snacks and water and coffee, tables for our sponsors, local organizations, and counselors will be available on site. We are excited to include the Honor Bead Ceremony this year, as well as a Memorial Wall at the starting area for your posters, pictures, and other tributes to loved ones.

The Bedford Hike will have two trail options again this year. One trail is a more moderate hiking trail through wooded areas (2.5 mi), and the other is a flatter, easier hike that is jogging stroller-friendly, through open fields and woods (1.6 mi). You may also choose not to hike and simply remain in the starting area. Both trails culminate at the Reflecting Pool back at the start. 

Hike participants are welcome to gather here for as long as desired (the event officially ends around noon, but gates to the property close at 5 pm). All are invited to relax, reflect, make new contacts, and share your stories with others. We will have our Memorial Banner out again this year, and you are invited to sign this and otherwise honor those you hike for.

This event is rain or shine.  Registration will be available on the day of the event beginning at 9:30 am.  


Ways You Can Help

Volunteer at the Event

Event Committee and Day-of Hike volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them! 

Send an email to to sign-up today! Thank you!


Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 by 04/23/2023 and receive the official 2023 Hike for Hope t-shirt!  

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Bedford Hike for Hope - 2023 shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.



Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official hike t-shirt!


Can I bring my dog? Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at Claytor Nature Center.  Please come prepared with water and to pick up after your pet.


Can I register at the Hike? Yes!  You can register in-person at the Hike from the time check-in begins at 9:30 until the hike starts at 10:00. Hike donations are accepted until June 30th.


Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by and visit local mental health organizations in our resource table area!

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.

Hope & Healing

Share messages of hope and remembrance by signing our memorial banner.


Register by clicking the button at the top of the page


Thank you participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741-741