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.

Great flat trail.

Great trail, I will be back again for a bike ride or just a walk.

We parked at the River Road Access and enjoyed the walk on the rail trail to the far side of High Bridge and back on a wonderful early spring day (the end of last March). The views above the Appomattox River were beautiful.

mountain biking
5 months ago

This was a great ride. Farmville is such a nice, bike friendly little town. And the high bridge was thrilling.

mountain biking
5 months ago

A really cool bucket list trip. I agree that the safety stuff took away a little but not so much.

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.

smooth well graded paths, more of a walk than a hike.

walking
10 months ago

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!

Great leisurely walk and a great trail for biking or walking your dog. The new high bridge is beautifully rebuilt and has benches and great views along the way. This trail is flat and easy!