High Bridge Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

High Bridge Trail is a 31.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pamplin City, Virginia that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
31.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Wonderful view. The park ranger was very friendly and talkative.

geocaching
8 months ago

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!

trail running
9 months ago

walking
10 months ago

A wonderful rail trail of just over thirty miles, the highlight being the converted historic High Bridge with great views from above the Appomattox River. We started this section from the River Road Access, which is about a mile from the bridge. Also, Farmville is a nice small town to explore...and be sure not to miss nearby Appomattox Court House.

walking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

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

mountain biking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Great ride. It was a beautiful day too.

walking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Great little walk for families with younger kids or pets.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Very enjoyable

road biking
Monday, September 14, 2015

Saturday, September 05, 2015

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

This is a great trail for someone looking to get away and for distance without climbing. It has very little elevation change (due to its past history as a rail line) and has great conveniences like bathrooms/portajohns along the route and towns for food and rest. We started at the town of Farmville (awesome quant town with great restaurants and cool vibe) and did an out and back totaling 13 miles. The old converted train bridge, which is the namesake for this trail, is absolutely fantastic with stunning views. You will also see a lot of remnants along the trail of its rail line days. This is not the trail for someone who prefers to be in the woods. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of trees along the way, but you also will see homes, businesses etc. as you go along. It was a great day trip.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Great trail. It does have shade. This was a rail line; the rails were removed and now it's a trail. Nice and scenic, saw wildlife the bridge was awesome! Got on at Rice biked to Farmville! Small town very bike friendly we 'parked' our bikes in front of the restaurant got a bite to eat. Took pics. They refurbished the train station. Restrooms in Farmville seemingly just for us bicyclists. I have to go back a shop in Farmville. Didn't notice anything boring or a serious lack of shade. There are benches and picnic tables scattered along my route. Some of the restrooms along the path are truly enclosed out houses with no lighting you may wanna bring some lighting if like to really see what your doing. They were well maintained. So if you want to take the family out for a ride this is the place to go there are plenty of on off point, park rangers and other park tents along my route. The website is had a map with distance intervals I found that helpful. So please enjoy the fresh air and friendly people!

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

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

road biking
Thursday, May 09, 2013

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.