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High Bridge Trail State Park, Green Bay

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State Park Hiking Trail
High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The trail, once a rail bed, is wide, level and generally flat. Its surface is finely crushed limestone. The trail's surface and dimensions make it easy for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy it. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad.

Twenty-eight miles of trail are open. Work on other park facilities continues.

Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water because it's not available on the trail.

High Bridge Trail is about 31 miles long and runs through Cumberland, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties and the towns of Burkeville, Farmville, Pamplin City, Prospect and Rice.

Entrances - Parking availability:

Rice's Depot Road, 1/4-mile off U.S. 460 at Rice, near trail milepost 142

River Road, three miles off N. Main St. in Farmville, near trail milepost 146

Osborne Road, 1/4-mile off N. Main St. in Farmville, near trail milepost 149

Municipal lots in Farmville where the trail intersects with Main St. near trail milepost 150

Tuggle Road, off U.S. 460 and near U.S. 15 North, near trail milepost 156

Prospect Road, off U.S. 460 at Prospect, near trail milepost 161

Elam, off U.S. 460 at Sulpher Spring Rd., near trail milepost 164

Heights School Rd., of U.S. Business 460 near Pamplin, near trail milepost 168

Latitude, 37.304488. Longitude, -78.390938
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  • Picked up a flyer for this tourist attraction when we went to Bear Creek Lake State Park. Whoa - what a surprise! This place is gorgeous! It has a new crushed gravel trail built over an old rail line ...  more »
  • We went by the visitor's center, where they have a lot of information on the high bridge, including models. They told us we could drive to a parking area .9 miles away from the bridge and the walk the...  more »
  • Great park for biking or walking - you can easily access the bridge within walking distance if not biking the whole park from the River Road lot ($4 parking fee). Definitely worth a visit if in the ar...  more »
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  • The High Bridge State park is ABSOLUTELY Gorgeous! A must for anyone who wants to bask in the beauty of the area! Dog friendly is a plus of course. 🐶 We love to ride our bikes 🚴 all throughout the trails, and walking trails are nice and level on the main paths. There are also great side trails that you can hike as well! The bathrooms are very clean, and at great locations. The picnic areas are a real treat too! We are frequent visitors to the trails.
  • I think you have to understand that the trail itself passes through many different places, so at any given point along it, you're technically on the trail, in the park, but you might have very differing surroundings. It's a cool construct and definitely worth visiting but be aware that you might enter the park from one of MANY different entrance points.
  • Never been there. But, not sure I want to. Judging by the looks of some of these pics. Old buildings with graffiti, and a pic of a town with power lines? I'd take those down. Not good representation of the park.
  • Installing water stations at all the barrooms would be nice. Some have them but most don't. Mile markers would also be a great idea in case of an emergency.
  • Love, love, love, love, LOOOVEE this state park! The people are great and it is so much fun to take the family and just WALK (or Bike, there are bike rental shops right in downtown Farmville)! They have amazing guided tours and the bridge is a true spectacle. A true Virginia treasure