High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. Except for High Bridge itself, all 30 miles of this linear park's trails are open. Work on access to the bridge continues, but the bridge can be seen from certain sections of the trail. The bridge is slated to be open to the public in late 2011. Development of other park facilities also continues. Visitors should bring plenty of drinking water. No drinking water is available on the trail.
I am sure this trail is beautiful in the fall. The bridge has cool history and a sight to see. I have been wanting to walk this trail for years now. I must say i am pretty disappointed with my walk across the bridge. I am 5'4" and all I could see is wooden safety railing. My husband is 6' and he could barely see over the side of the bridge. Too many safety precautions has ruined the beautiful view.
We did this trail and it was a little difficult for us to locate. We found a great parking spot that was maybe half a mile from the bridge. The reason why I rated this low is because I'm 5'4" and the railing on the bridge was right at the level of my head, so I couldn't really see over it and I'd have to crouch to see under it, which then I was looking through the fencing. So, that was irritating. My husband who is about 6' had no problem, so if you're tall, it will be a better experience for you. I didn't think the view was particularly great either. But, it is an impressive bridge and I think people should still experience it!
I.m. P. on Farmville to High Bridge Trail
The trail itself is very easy as it is flat from start to the bridge and back.
I started around 7:45AM with a few runners and bike riders passing me along the way. Quite a few more folks parked at the River Road lot, which is just under a mile from the bridge. Got a bit busier there. On the way back, more bikers and runners. Reached the lot at Farmville around 11.
The bridge is wonderful...great views of the surrounding area. The upper railings of the bridge a little lower than shoulder length. There's also chain link between the railings to protect the little tykes. There area several spots on the bridge to stop and sit. You can also look down and see the lower structure and older parts of the bridge...and also the Appomattox river.
While there quite a bit of vegetation along the trail there are no larger trees to provide shade....put on a lot of sunscreen.