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High Bridge Trail State Park

High Bridge Trail State Park

The trail, once a rail bed, is wide, level and generally flat. Its surface is covered with 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 125 feet above the Appomattox River. The original bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. The current steel-tower bridge was completed in 1914. High Bridge is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and one of the longest in the United States. More than 330,000 screws, 13,000 bolts of various sizes and 1,065 railroad ties were used to renovate the current bridge.

All 31 miles of trail are open. Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water because it's not available on the trail.

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Last updated: February 18, 2020