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High Bridge Trail



27.5 mile 44.3 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable


Ascent: 471' 144 m
Descent: -411' -125 m
High: 589' 180 m
Low: 319' 97 m


Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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The High Bridge Trail is a rails to trails project that is perfect for running, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.

Omar Delgado

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open from dawn - dusk. Pets are permitted in enclosed areas or on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Please clean up after your pet. Pets may not be left unattended at any time.

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The trail is a ten-foot wide crushed gravel rails to trails surface.


A Rails to Trails project, the HBT is 31 miles long, stretching from Burkeville to Pamplin City VA. The HBT offers multiple trail access points. The highlight of the HBT is the "High Bridge" which is over 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River; it has some lookout rest areas to take in the beauty. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States. High Bridge is also a Virginia Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bikers might prefer parking at the Rice parking lot, which is 3.1 miles from the bridge and 8 miles from Farmville. Bikers might also wish to park at the Main Street plaza parking lot in Farmville; the bridge is 4.5 miles from that lot.

For equestrians, the designated horse trailer parking lots are at Camp Paradise Rd. (3.2 miles from the bridge), Osborne Road (2.9 miles from the bridge) and Prospect (12.4 miles from the bridge).

There are camping sites available. Max 14 days. Check the HBT website for more information.

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Jul 1, 2017
Omar Delgado
31.1mi — 5h 57m

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Stunning fall colors seen from the High Bridge on the High Bridge Trail.
Apr 21, 2017 near Farmville, VA
Late autumn on the Appomattox River.
Apr 27, 2017 near Farmville, VA
Foliage creeping up the bridge's trestles
Sep 20, 2019 near Farmville, VA
A side view of the High Bridge at High Bridge Trail State Park.
Apr 27, 2017 near Farmville, VA
High Bridge perspective.
Apr 27, 2017 near Farmville, VA
The bridge on the High Bridge Trail.
Apr 21, 2017 near Farmville, VA


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