High Bridge Trail is a 31.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pamplin, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length31.4 miElevation gain1,013 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildlife
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Suzy Delong
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Hikeandahalf .
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Very easy but it was a nice walk. Park at camp paradise and you will be .3 miles from the bridge

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Stephen Ward
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Road bikingGreat!

easy riding - high bridge provides great views

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Stephen Ward
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Road bikingGreat!

Heading west from Farmville to trail end is very lightly trafficked. Easy riding through fields and wooded areas.

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Debbie Ashby
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Road biking

Great trail to get exercise with family. My teenage son started on one end I started on the other and we met at the bridge. He did all 31 miles and I did 19.

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Alex B
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Mountain biking

Did this yesterday. Pretty empty apart from the few miles around the bridge which is super busy with people visiting it (it is a cool bridge so I can see why). I started in Farmville and did out and back both ways (so basically the trail x 2). Smooth gravel so pretty much any tire would be fine. Farmville seems like a cool little town for grabbing lunch as well. Limitations of parking in Farmville (thankfully I didn't get a ticket as holiday weekend) but there are quite a few parking spots on the trail heads on the bridge side of Farmville.

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Wendy Beaulieu
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Full sun hike today. Flat gravel trail. Would enjoy this more on a cool Fall day.

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B. Barrow
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Hiking

Easy hike to High Bridge. Park at Camp Paradise and walk .3 miles to the bridge. Be sure to also do the under structure path.

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Dan Payne
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Hiked 15 miles with my son to complete a requirement for his Boy Scout hiking merit badge.

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CAROL HARRISON
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Hiking

Nice hike from paradise camp road to bridge. Bridge structure hike is closed due to storm damage :-(

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Chubby Trekker
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Backpacking

This was a beautiful trail. I started in Rice and walked all the way to the bridge. Be sure that you take the trail down to the river as well. Totally worth it. Backpacked a lunch and enjoyed it by the river. The main trail is very wide and has crush and run so it’s good for those who need more support and stability. Bring sunscreen as the mid day sun leaves no shade.

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Darrell Manning
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Mountain biking

Flat and a little boring at times but the bridge view makes it worth it.

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Ashley Irons
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Hiking

We parked on River Road and walked to the bridge, the full length of the bridge and back. It was about 3 miles and took about an hour and a half. It wasn’t too crowded on the trail so it was nice and peaceful. The trail is paved and flat which make it very walkable.

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Bryan Burnside
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Mountain biking

High Bridge State Park has two loops of Mt Bike specific single track. The loops are part of the Rochelle Recreation Area located about 1.5 miles East of the Farmville Downtown Plaza. There is a kiosk at the entrance of the gravel road going into the Rochelle area. As of this writing the kiosk is still empty, but, the Park has it in the works to put up a map of the area. The 1.5 mile Early Trail is a beginner orientated loop. It starts about a 1/4 mile up the gravel road on the right and exits at the bottom of the hill close to the entrance of the gravel road. The hardest part of the whole thing is climbing the hill on the gravel road to the entrance. Once on the trail it starts as a gentle climb, then goes into a twisting rolling series of flowing docents and small climbs with some really sweet sections. About half way out you get to the highest point of the loop and it just gets better from there. At one point you are riding parallel to the rail trail and 75' above it. There is a large hill decent with multiple switchbacks that requires good bike skills to ride at speed. One of them is seriously tight and should be entered on the outside to appreciate the flow. Fun loop for beginner and expert alike. The Burnside Technical Loop has it's entrance and exit from the same point on the gravel road just a hundred feet or so before the entrance to the Early trail. It is 2.8 miles long, rated Black Diamond and does have some rather severe drop thrus and a "Roller Coaster" section that can really throw you if not approached carefully. It is basically a series of climb and dives with really nice flow sections. Total climbing is over 300' using the same 80' or less a dozen times. The loop is designed with lots of twists and small berms that require concentration and skill, enough to challenge the most advance riders or school the novice. These loops really add spice to the relatively flat and family friendly rail trail for any single track enthusiast. I usually start with the Technical loop and finish with the beginner. Both loops can be ridden within a half hour by a strong rider. Multiple laps are recommended for training or just to hone handling skills. For a family outing the beginner loop is ideal. There are a couple picnic tables at the exit of the Early Loop for regrouping or a wait station while you get that extra lap around the Technical loop. Enjoy

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Bonnie B
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Hiking

I really enjoyed High Bridge Trail State Park and nearby, lively and sweet little Farmville. It's a rail trail and a historic landmark as well as the longest recreational trail in Virginia and "one of" the longest in the USA. It's flat and well maintained. The bridge is about a half-mile long. There are a couple of observation areas on the bridge, which are designed like train stations and the money shots for pictures. You can bike, take your dog, and apparently even your horse (dismount first, the signs say). We started at River Road parking area, giving us about a mile walk before we got to the bridge. Also, learn from my mistake, THERE IS AN OFFICIAL TRAIL TO GET YOU DOWN BELOW THE BRIDGE. You do not need to slide you way down a steep, muddy hill with old wires and debris from the rail line hanging around. There is a gravel/marked trail about 200 yards from the southeastern end of the bridge to take you down gradually, which you should definitely do, because it is a cooler temperature with great views of the old bridge supports, and you get a mossy, abandoned place feeling.

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Caitlin K
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Walking

Definitely extremely easy, but such unique views! We parked at 555 River Road and walked to the end of the bridge and back. Buzzards were flying by at our height/below us. Very cool one-of-a-kind experience.

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Fairy & Bear
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Wonderful view. The park ranger was very friendly and talkative.

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Lauren Jones
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Hiking

We "hiked" aka walked from the River Road parking lot across the bridge. It's all flat but such good views, and the bridge is interesting. We found and logged two geocaches near the bridge!

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Elena Tate
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Walking

I actually walked it the second time across. What a wonderful structure.

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Alan Bourne
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Mountain biking

Great ride. It was a beautiful day too.

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Jon Marc Lyttle
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Walking

Great little walk for families with younger kids or pets.

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Tony Brewster
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we are beginners and had a blast. easy ride. great history. very cool.

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Gale Williams
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Very enjoyable

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Anne Simmons
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Hiking

mostly boring and monotonous scenery, but the bridge is worth it!

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Sam Ashby
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Road biking

Great ride for riders of all ages, with many places to get on and off. The bridge is conveniently located a few miles from Farmville, and about a mile from River Road. The crowds depend largely on where you are, some places I passed no one for long stretches, but closer to the bridge and Farmville, traffic picked up.

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Ron Ramsdell
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Mountain biking

This is a really flat hard packet trial that was very suited for riding. There is no shade on the trail at all. I rode from Pamplin through Farmville and across the "high bridge", which was very cool. (Stopped for a really good lunch in Farmville.) Really easy ride! But the bridge made it worth it.

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martha vesterlund
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Hiking

Very easy, flat surface. The stone pathway is packed and not difficult to walk on.

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Steve Brown
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Great trail, It would be nice if trail went by state park so you can ride to and from the park

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Tony Anderson
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