High Bridge Trail State Park is trail created by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation from a section of railroad that originally ran between Petersburg and Lynchburg. The trail is closed to motor traffic and can be enjoyed for running, walking, biking, or horseback riding.
The crown jewel of the trail is a historic railroad bridge across the Appomattox River valley that played a role in Lee’s retreat in the Battle of High Bridge April 6-7, 1865. The Confederates set the bridge on fire but didn’t destroy it. The Union troops were able to cross it and chased the Confederates to Appomattox where Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865.
A friend visited the bridge a few weekends ago and told me that she was scared to ride over it because she’s afraid of heights and the sides made her nervous. Note in the picture below that the sides are quite high and it would be very difficult for someone to fall off.
We parked several miles outside of Farmville at one of the trail heads along route 460. The trail was relatively empty until we got to town.
Seeing this bridge was one thing that I definitely wanted to do this summer and now I can cross it off my list. If you’re in central Virginia this summer, consider seeing this historic site for yourself.