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|Sign announcing The High Bridge Trail State Park|
The High Bridge Trail is 31 miles long. The trail runs through Nottoway, Cumberland, and Prince Edward counties and nears the border of Appomattox County. The far ends of the trail are from Pamplin City, VA to beyond Moran Road almost to Burkeville, VA. High Bridge Trail is open to bicyclists, foot traffic and horse back riding. The trail surface is made up of crushed white limestone. It is built on a railway no longer used by Norfolk Southern Railroad. Norfolk Southern donated approximately 500 acres to the state for the park. The trail was opened in sections over several years. The final section, The High Bridge, was opened in April of 2012.
The first High Bridge was built in 1854 across the Appomattox River connecting Petersburg to Lynchburg. The bridge is 2,400 feet long and ranges from 60 to 125 feet high. It was originally made of wood, standing on 21 brick towers and included a pedestrian walkway next to the tracks. It was the site of several significant battles during the civil war.
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|The High Bridge Trail head in Pamplin City, VA.|
I wanted to ride the whole trail from end to end. Of course this meant that when I got to one end I had to turn around and ride all the way back. I started my ride at the trail head in Pamplin City, VA.
|There are restroom facilities approximately every five miles along the trail. They are clean and pretty much odorless.|
Music: Ain't it a shame by Lightnin' Hopkins
|Nice restrooms on the trail as it crosses Main Street in the town of Farmville, VA. Be sure and take note of the water- fountains on the outside of the building. Don't miss the opportunity to fill all of your water-bottles.|
|The beginning of the High Bridge.|
|Looking across The High Bridge|
|A view of the Appomattox River from The High Bridge.|
|There are a couple of shady spots to rest on benches and take in the view from The High Bridge.|
The video below is crossing the bridge on a bicycle.
Music: Take me on the midnight train by The Boxcars
|I took this picture of the bridge's structure from one of the shady rest stops on The High Bridge.|
|Brick and mortar pilings of an older bridge's construction. The bridge has been rebuilt five times since the original was constructed in 1854.|
|1913 - 1914|
|The High Bridge Trail crosses several roads. These gates allow trail users to pass and slows them down at intersections. The yellow gates also help to keep motorized vehicles off of the trail.|
|At this intersection the trail crosses a dirt road. I was glad to see that there are still dirt roads around.|
|I could imagine steam powered locomotives making their way along this route.|