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.

Very nice Trail. The only issue I had was a large sink hole along the trail (about two miles down from Farmville). Result of the recent Hurricane that came through, so no access to High Bridge from Farmville right now. Visit High Bridge State Park website for updates.

Great little detour. The bridge is amazing from both the top and bottom views. Lots of snakes and mosquitoes out and about though.

Great scenes, hard to find for us though. GPS took us to 3 wrong places before we stopped and asked a county worker for directions. We’ll definitely visit again though

First off you have to pay to park at the spot that close to the bridge it’s only $4 but still. They have a gift shop at the trail as well so make sure you bring some cash. They also have bag stations for if your dog decides to go to the bathroom. Now on to the trail. I went to the bridge gives you a nice view but that’s that. When I walked back to my truck I saw a cannon and behind that there is a trail that leads down to under the bridge. It is at a decline so if you have trouble going up and down inclines and declines I wouldn’t recommend it. However when you get down there you head to the right and when you are under it you can see a little beach that you can go and play in the rapids. It was because of this I gave it 5 stars. Feel free to walk or bike the entire trail, but this was exciting to me. The walk is about .5 miles. Well worth it.

trail running
4 months ago

Ran the Night Train 50k on this trail. I normally don’t post trail running events but I’m posting this one because it is such an awesome trail for just about any activity on summer nights.

Due to I-95 bottlenecks, accidents, and vacation/holiday traffic, I toed the line 52 mins late (thanks to a cool race director who did not have to let me race, and warned me not to arrive late again). I finished at ~7:46, starting out in 96 degree heat. But, who really cares that much about run time when you come across landmarks like this! Would one run right past the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Pisa, Italy) or Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) without stopping for a moment to take in the spectacle? I think not.

This is not as famous a landmark but is very much appreciable. Just amazing!!

Wonderful hiking. Loved going under the bridge to see the old railroad

mountain biking
10 months ago

What most people miss when they come to High Bridge is the Mountain Biking trails.

There are 2 loops of bike specific single track on the Rochelle tract, located half way between the Farmville Plaza and the River Road parking lot. The entrance to the Rochelle tract has a kiosk at gate and a gravel road going up a hill. Both loops come off the gravel road on the right. The Early trail is a 1.6 mile beginner loop with great flow and just enough trick to keep the interest of any advance rider. The hardest part is climbing the gravel road up to the entrance, it exits at the bottom of the hill. The Burnside Technical loop is 2.8 miles of advanced riding with a good aerobic component mixed with sweet flowing sections, roller coasters and serious drop thrus. Be cautious the first time thru, as there are a couple spots that can catch you off guard.

So, to all those people that say how boring the High Bridge trail is. All I can say is you missed one of the best parts of the park.

road biking
11 months ago

Beautiful and easy trail. The highlight is reaching the bridge with its views.

Too flat. A little boring for my taste.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

love walking the bridge and exploring down by the river under the bridge

Friday, October 20, 2017

I entered off River Rd. in Farmville. The trail is an easy enough hike and you can make it as long or short as you want. I hiked about 3 miles just to see the bridge and explored the city too. I was a bit disappointed due the lack of fall color during my mid-October hike and it was a bit boring being just straight path.

road biking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This trail is not easy. I think it should be rated as moderate. You must pedal constantly. We managed to do 49.4 miles going down and most of the way back.

Monday, August 14, 2017

We did a short trip across the bridge and then explored the area under the bridge. Nice view from the bridge.

Easy and enjoyable trail with fantastic views from the bridge.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beautiful views of the Appomattox River.

Easy breezy! Great for bikes, kids, or anyone who wants a nice flat trail to walk with awesome views.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Difficult to find, but we eventually parked at 555 River Road to walk about a mile to the bridge itself. The views from above the treetops are fabulous--it would be an amazing place to watch a sunrise or sunset. Super easy (because it's extremely flat).

mountain biking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easy bike ride on an old rail bed of packed gravel. The bridge is definitely worth seeing.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Loved it! Beautiful views!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Great flat trail.

Monday, January 16, 2017

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

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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
Thursday, October 20, 2016

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

mountain biking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

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

Friday, July 29, 2016

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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

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

Friday, May 24, 2013

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!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

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!

Monday, May 28, 2012

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.

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