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High Bridge Trail State Park

Photo credit: Virginia Dept. Conservation & Recreation
High Bridge Trail State Park is not a typical state park. Visitors will not find overnight facilities or a wide variety of activities, but what they will find is enough to keep them coming back.

Until 2004, the 30-mile stretch of land that is now the park was a well-used railway passage. Two years after the last train chugged through, Norfolk Southern Railroad donated the land to the state of Virginia to be used for recreation.

The result is a unique park that offers level trails that extend for more than 30 miles. The trails are popular for hiking, cycling and horseback riding.

Because the trails are, for the most part, level, the trails are easy for many people to navigate.

The highlight of the park is the High Bridge. Trains once passed over this bridge, which rises more than 125 feet above the Appomattox River.

The bridge has been reconfigured to accommodate those using it for hiking, cycling and equestrian purposes.

High Bridge, which is 2,400 feet long, offers amazing views and is a unique feature among Virginia state parks. The chance to walk or ride along this piece of history is reason enough to pay this park a visit.

While there are no overnight facilities at High Bridge Trail, visitors can find overnight options nearby.

High Bridge Trail Park does host several special events throughout the year including a 5K race, a Memorial Day History Walk and guided astronomy programs.

A few times throughout the year, park guides help provide access to those who are mobility impaired.

Because this park is situated along – and above – the Appomattox River, many visitors find that the fishing here is quite good.

Visitors should bring their fishing pole, bike, horse and/or walking shoes and get ready to enjoy one of the most unique offerings in the Virginia State Park system.

High Bridge Trail State Park Basics

Handicap accessible: Some of the High Bridge Trail State Park’s trails may be navigable by some wheelchairs. Note that not all of the parking lots are wheelchair accessible. Call the number below for more specific accessibility information.
High Bridge Trail State Park runs through several counties and towns including: Cumberland, Nottaway, Prince Edward, Burkeville, Farmville, Pamplin City, Prospect and Rice.
Entrances can be found at several points including in Farmville near mileposts 146, 149 and 150, near Pamplin close to milestone 168 and in Elam near milestone 164.
Pets are allowed in the park. They must be on a leash at all times.
For more information about High Bridge Trail State Park call 434-315-0457.

Location: Green Bay
Address: 6888 Green Bay Road , 23942
Telephone: 434-315-0457
Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov
Cost: $2 weekdays, $3 weekends
Latitude: 37.304488
Longitude: -78.390938

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