High Bridge Trail

MODERATE 26 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.

31.4 miles
898 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

road biking

trail running


horseback riding


mountain biking
26 days ago

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.


2 months 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.

3 months ago

5 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.

5 months ago

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

10 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
11 months ago

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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.

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.

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

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!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

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