Explore Virginia's High Bridge

River Road

Spanning 2400 feet and the spot of a pivotal battle in General Lee's retreat during the Civil War, High Bridge over the Appomattox River is prime for a day's exploration.

The High Bridge is the highlight of the 31 mile High Bride Rail Trail in central Virginia. The trail, paved with crushed limestone, is nice for biking, walking, and running.

Park at the River Street parking area near the town of Farmville. The parking lot is big enough for two dozen cars and charges a $4 use fee. The honor-system use fee box is next to the well maintained bathrooms.

Cross the road and walk/bike south on the High Bridge Rail Trail. The trail passes by a park (great for a picnic) and a few houses. After one mile you'll come to the edge of High Bridge.

High Bridge was built in 1852 but was heavily damaged when retreating Confederate soldiers set it on fire in 1865. The bridge survived and was repaired in 1869. It served as a rail bridge until 1916, and was given to the State of Virginia in 2006.

The bridge towers over the treetops and the muddy water of the Appomattox River flows 125 feet below. It's well worth a few hours exploration, or a full day to bike the entire trail system. 

Pack List

  • $4 parking fee (no credit cards accepted)
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Activities Cycling, Photography, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
River
Scenic

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I love VSP

Nice flat trail because it use to be the train tracks and is now a beautiful multi use trail for walkers, runner, bikers, and horseback riders. The view is spectacular in every season. I have participated in several races hosted in conjunction with the Virginia state parks service and plan to participate in future events. And I really hope I can attend one of the night hikes that are offered for firefly education and viewing.


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