The bridge was originally integral to the Southside Railroad between Petersburg and Lynchburg. Tuggle – Vault Toilet – Mile Marker 10.5 W – Located just east of the Tuggle parking lot. Rendering of new High Rise Bridge New bridge is in foreground. Originally constructed in the 1850s, the bridge was integral to the Southside Railroad between Petersburg and Lynchburg. High Bridge Trail is an iconic attraction in Virginia, and one we like to feature often. The trail is a National Recreation Trail recognizing exemplary trails of local and regional significance, connecting people to nature, to each other, and to our shared history and culture. Reviews (434) 315-0457 Website. Call 434-315-0457 or email highbridgetrail@dcr.virginia.gov. Downtown Farmville offers great shopping and restaurants. High Bridge mountain bike trail map. A smaller bridge for wagons was located at the same crossing. River Road and Camp Paradise parking lots opens at 8 a.m. All other parking lots open at sunrise. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States. Partially due to the high cost of maintaining the High Bridge over the Appomattox River valley, Norfolk Southern downgraded and eventually abandoned the line through Farmville in favor of the "Low-grade Line" between Burkeville and Pamplin. Camp Paradise Road is currently closed due to poor road conditions from inclement weather. The trail is a National Recreation Trail recognizing exemplary trails of local and regional significance, connecting people to nature, to each other, and to our shared history and culture. Crossing the bridge over the Appomattox River, offers beautiful panoramic views. High Bridge Trail is a rail trail and the main portion is flat, which is perfect for gentle walking or fast running. [3]. Mouse-over the image for a short text description or, Biking, Equestrian, Hiking, Parking fee, Picnic Tables, Universally Accessible, To learn about park offerings and overnight accommodations, email. Fleeing the Union troops, the Confederates set the bridge afire after crossing it, but failed to destroy it. In 1982, N&W became part of the current Norfolk Southern Railway system. The original masonry piers are visible beneath the bridge. Rebuilt after the Civil War to its former dimensions, the 21-span structure was 2,400 feet (730 m) long at a maximum height of 125 feet (38 m) above the Appomattox River Valley. We will gather once again for public worship on Sunday, July 5, 2020.Home Worship will continue to be an option for those who feel more comfortable avoiding social gatherings. High Bridge Trail traverses Cumberland, Nottoway and Prince Edward Counties and the towns of Burkeville, Farmville, Pamplin City, Prospect and Rice. More than 2,400 feet long, rising 125 feet above the Appomattox River, the majestic High Bridge is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the nation. Once a rail bed, the trail is wide, level and generally flat. Call 434-315-0457 or email fofhbt@gmail.com for more information. Iron Range Tourism Bureau/Facebook. Rice - 642 Rice's Depot Road, 1/4-mile off U.S. 460 at Rice, near trail milepost 3.5E*, Camp Paradise - 1466 Camp Paradise Road, Rice;  3.2 miles off 460/Aspen Hill Road in Rice, near trail milepost 0.5*, River Road - 555 River Road, 3 miles off N. Main Street in Farmville, near trail milepost 1.2W*, Osborne - E. Osborne Road (end of the road), Farmville;1/4-mile off N. Main Street in Farmville, near trail milepost 4.2W, Municipal lots in Farmville where the trail intersects with Main Street near trail milepost 4.7W, Tuggle - 4525 Hardtimes Road, Prospect; off U.S. 460 and near U.S. 15 North, near trail milepost 10.5W*, Prospect - 187 Prospect Road, off U.S. 460 at Prospect, near trail milepost 13W*, Elam - Off U.S. 460 at Sulphur Springs Road near trail milepost 17.9W*, Heights School Road, off U.S. Business 460 near Pamplin and trail milepost 21W. To get there, Lee needed to use the 2,500-foot long, 130-foot tall High Bridge, which carried the South Side Railroad over the Appomattox. Sanford, who later reported to the stockholders of the Southside Railroad: "there have been higher bridges not so long, and longer bridges not so high, but taking the length and height together, this is, perhaps the largest bridge in the world." They were joined by three additional parachutists, and all five then jumped from the bridge into the gorge. Gift Shop on the Go at the Camp Paradise parking lot is open Friday to Sunday from April through November, weather permitting. Simply put, it’s one of the most unique hikes in all of Virginia. Horses must be dismounted and led across bridges. None in the park, but nearby Bear Creek Lake and Twin Lakes state parks have cabins. High Bridge Trail is 31 miles long and ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its finely crushed limestone surface and dimensions make it easy to enjoy. Master plans must be written for parks before they're built. The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) … Here's a map of those trails. The renovated bridge opened April 6, 2012. Nearby Twin Lakes and Holliday Lake state parks offer other fishing and overnight accommodations. None, but there's a large picnic area at Camp Paradise, and there are picnic tables along the main trail. Rangers at the park offer accessibility tours throughout the year to help disabled persons access High Bridge. High Bridge Cabin offers a 1 bedroom and cozy fireplace. In 1870, the Southside Railroad was combined with the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad and the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad to form Mahone's Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad (AM&O), which stretched 400 miles across the southern tier of Virginia from Norfolk on Hampton Roads to Bristol. Located on the High Bridge Trail State Park, a 31 mile trail for hikers and cyclists. High Bridge The Civil War Battle of High Bridge took place on April 6 and 7, 1865 outside Farmville, Virginia. After two years, it was finally opened to traffic in 2017. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation purchased 30 acres in Pamplin from Norfolk Southern Railroad to be added to High Bridge Trail State Park. The Virginia High Bridge is the tallest bridge in Minnesota! Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. Hiking - Camp Paradise, Smyth, Spur Line and Spur Line Connector trails offer a variety of unique hiking experiences and are directly accessible from High Bridge Trail with easy to moderate difficulty. N&W replaced the High Bridge's Fink truss spans in 1886 with minimal interruption of rail traffic, one span at a time, first suspending a new Pratt deck truss from traveling wooden falsework and then removing the old truss.[4]. Park at the River Street parking area near the town of Farmville. The Smyth Trail allows biking and hiking. Under the leadership of former Confederate General William "Billy" Mahone, the bridge was rebuilt, including 21 new Fink deck truss spans on the High Bridge erected in 1869. On Aug. 22, 2008, four miles of the linear park were opened to the public. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Henry Gonzalez and is located at 4107 Whitford Cir, Glen Allen, VA 23060. The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 11166843. Food and supplies that Lee's men desperately needed were waiting at Farmville, across the river. Three and a half miles of the trail travel through the heart of Farmville, and it is open for non-motorized activities. We desire to be the people God designed us to be and commune in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirt. A wooden bridge for wagons was located below the railroad bridge. High Bridge is a historic former railroad bridge across the Appomattox River valley about 6 miles (9.7 km) east, or downstream, of the town of Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Not only is it appropriate for all ages, but it also offers an interactive way to explore Virginia’s extensive history. High Bridge Lodge and Cabins – Farmville High Bridge Lodge and Cabins offers easy access to High Bridge Trails in Farmville, Virginia. The park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. Vault toilets and bathrooms in Farmville are accessible. The Southside Railroad was heavily damaged during the American Civil War. The sides of the bridge are at least 5 1/2 feet, so there is no danger falling off. Virginia Travel Guide Flights to Virginia Things to do in Virginia Car Rentals in High Bridge Trail State Park High Bridge Trail State Park Vacations. You may use cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express at self-pay lots. This content takes priority over any other information provided on this park's webpage. The crossings at High Bridge, including the railroad bridge and the wagon bridge below it and to the right, spanned the Appomattox River. Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan. Feel like lending nature a hand? COVID-19 update: Please take a moment to read this important park update. Bridle trail. At the completion of the project, the existing bridge will carry only I-64 east traffic (toward I-264/Bower's Hill), while the new bridge, which will be constructed immediately to the south, will carry I-64 west traffic (toward Virginia Beach). The majestic bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. Camp Paradise – Vault Toilet – near Mile Marker .5 E – Located at the Camp Paradise parking lot. 116 trails on an interactive map of the trail network. The center is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. None at this park, but Farmville has many restaurants near the trail. The Cabin is situated across from High Bridge Lodge. Bring drinking water because none is available on the trail. At more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River, High Bridge is one of the longest recreational bridges in the country and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. The High Bridge is the highlight of the 31 mile High Bride Rail Trail in central Virginia. The High Bridge played a key role during Confederate General Robert E. Lee's final retreat from Petersburg in the last days of the War. The bridge being the centerpiece of the park, is 2400 foot long and is a historical site from the Civil War. High Bridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery Location Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County , Virginia , USA Show Map The trail is closed to motor traffic and can be enjoyed for running, walking, biking, or horseback riding. Virginia may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19. You place $2 (cash or check) in an envelope and proceed to the parking lot. High Bridge Trail is a 31.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pamplin, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. Bridge Day is West Virginia's largest one-day festival, and it is the largest extreme sports event in the world. High Bridge is a historic former railroad bridge across the Appomattox River valley about east, or downstream, of the town of Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia. In the 1850s, the Southside Railroad built a rail line between Petersburg and Lynchburg, passing through Farmville between Burkeville and Pamplin City. Construction began in 2015. A New High Rise Bridge The centerpiece of the project will be a new, 100-foot-tall bridge with a fixed span just south of the existing bridge. The trail from the River Road parking lot to Camp Paradise and High Bridge are currently closed for a bridge decking renovation project. High Bridge is a Virginia Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The current bridge was completed in 1914 and is the longest recreational bridge in the Virginia. The bridge was completely rebuilt in 1914. • Property connected to High Bridge Trial (less than a mile) • Outdoor seating (6-8) • Recommend 4WD in Winter • Charcoal Grill ... High Bridge Lodge and Cabins Farmville, Virginia Phone: 804-338-8211 Email Home Cedar Ridge Lodge Weekend Getaway Cabin Reservations Rental Policy Six more miles were opened on Nov. 14, 2009, and another four miles were opened on July 3, 2010. Click here for information about trail etiquette. Union troops were able to use it and continued the chase, which ended several days later at Appomattox Courthouse, where Lee's surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant took place on April 9, 1865. After a very short walk, you are on the bridge and very high in the sky. The park offers year-round self-guided experiences as well as unique historical and environmental education programming. The pictographs directly below show park offerings. High Bridge A & H LLC is a Virginia Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on January 25, 2021. Reservations are required. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs. Bottled water, T-shirts, hiking medallions and other memorabilia are sold there. Biking - Burnside, Deering and Early trails total 5.5 miles and offer fun and challenging single-track mountain biking. None. 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Rice – Vault Toilet – Mile Marker 3.5 E – Located on the east side of the parking lot. (.6 miles from the bridge), Osborne Road (3.9 miles from the bridge) and  Prospect (14.1 miles from the bridge). The bridge is part of the completed trail, open to hiking, biking and horse back riding for 16 miles on either side of the bridge. The first official Bridge Day was celebrated in 1980 when two parachutists jumped from a plane onto the bridge. Its completion provides the final link in the 31-mile trail. In December 2006, Norfolk Southern Railway Co. donated a 31-mile tract of abandoned railroad to the state for the establishment of a new state park. On June 6, 2009, another 10 miles were opened to the public. Trailers are allowed in this lot, and equestrians may access the trail from it. Use 555 River Road, Farmville, VA 23901, to get here. ... Virginia 23966, this is the closest parking lot near the bridge Be aware it costs $2 to park and it's an unmanned, honor payment system. 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. Use 1681 Aspen Hill Road Rice, Virginia 23966, to get to the entrance of Camp Paradise Road then travel 1.5 miles to the parking area. High Bridge Trail is designated a National Recreation Trail recognizing exemplary trails of local and regional significance, connecting people to nature, to each other, and to our shared histories and cultures. Bottled water, T-shirts, hiking medallions and other memorabilia are sold there. We worship God as a community of believers in Jesus Christ. The Southside Railroad had originally envisioned using the low-grade route until persuaded by the citizens of Farmville, Virginia to bring the line through their town. There are two parking lots near High Bridge. High Bridge is a historic former railroad bridge across the Appomattox River valley about 6 miles (9.7 km) east, or downstream, of the town of Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia. By 2005 its then-owner, Norfolk Southern, abandoned the corridor, subsequently giving 33 miles of the line to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The low-grade line, completed in 1916, contained more favorable grades for westbound trains. After the Financial Panic of 1873, the AM&O fell into default on its debt, and was purchased in the early 1880s by new owners who renamed it the Norfolk and Western (N&W). High Bridge Trail, a recognized National Recreation Trail, itself is 31 miles long, and numerous additional biking and hiking trails adjacent to it. Both […] After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee directed the Confederate engineers who had attempted to destroy the bridge to rebuilt it. Download (external link for use with Avenza App) the geo-referenced map, Download the geo-referenced map for this park, Bear Creek Lake State Park, Holliday Lake State Park, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, Twin Lakes State Park, Sandy River Reservoir, the Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat (zip lines, canopy rope courses), the Outdoor Adventure Store, Briery Creek Wildlife Management Area, Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest, Lee’s Retreat Driving Tour, the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, Va., Longwood University Visual Arts Center, Robert Russa Moton Museum, Old Town Farmville, Farmville, Prince Edward County, Cumberland County, Nottoway County. River Road – Vault Toilet – Mile Marker 1.0 W – Located down the path, behind the electric substation. The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources. Bring drinking water because none is available on the trail. High Bridge, 2,500 feet (760 m) long and 126 feet (38 m) high, was the crossing of the South Side Railroad over the Appomattox River and its flood plain, 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Farmville, Virginia. Gift Shop on the Go at the Camp Paradise parking lot is open Friday to Sunday from April through November, weather permitting. The address listed above is for mail. For information on availability of other parks' overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK. Built in 1853, the bridge is now the centerpiece of High Bridge Trail State Park. [3], The site was surveyed and the bridge engineered by C.O. Bikers might also wish to park at the Main Street plaza parking lot in Farmville; the bridge is 4.5 miles from that lot. Aerial view of High Bridge, after its 2012 renovation. Click here for this park's master plan. High Bridge Trail parallels and crosses over sections of the Appomattox River. Following 2006 discussions to turn the High Bridge into a portion of a rail trail or part of a linear state park, the rail land and bridge have since been donated to the Commonwealth of Virginia and have become the High Bridge Trail State Park. The bridge was completely rebuilt in 1914, leaving many of the original masonry piers adjacent to the new structure. The acquisition, 15 years in the making, will connect the trail to its planned western terminus near the Pamplin train depot. East of the bridge: 1466 Camp Paradise Road; Rice, Virginia (Prince Edward County), West of the bridge: River Road, Farmville (Cumberland County). High Bridge Trail State Park High Bridge Trail State Park is the newest addition to the Virginia State Park System and the Town of Farmville! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. High Bridge, a Virginia Historic Landmark, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The linear park has more than a total of 40 miles of hiking, bicycle and bridle trails. Heights School – Vault Toilet – Mile Marker 20.5 W– Located .4 miles east of the Heights School Road parking lot. The remains of the bridge and its adjacent rail line are now a rail trail park, High Bridge Trail State Park. High Bridge is nearly a mile from the lot. There are a few stopping areas on the bridge for those who would like a rest. Good thing, because you are in the sky, over a river and over the woods. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . The plans are updated at least once every 10 years thereafter. Find out more Opens in new tab or … The Confederates’ inability to destroy both the crossings on April 7, 1865, after the Battle of Sailor’s Creek guaranteed that they would not be able to fend off Grant’s armies. Upon completion, westbound drivers (towards Virginia Beach) will use the new crossing while eastbound drivers (towards Suffolk) use the original bridge. “Ultimately, that’s what parks are for, connecting people,” DCR […] Last Update: Dec. 10, 2020. Call 434-315-0457 or email highbridgetrail@dcr.virginia.gov to schedule a field trip or private program for your group. Longitude, -78.390938, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, the Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat, 02/06/2021 - High Bridge History Talk Q&A, 02/13/2021 - High Bridge History Talk Q&A, 5 Photos of Virginia That Make You Excited It's Fall, 5 Not to Miss Experiences Found Only at Virginia State Parks, Experience the End: The Appomattox Campaign, 5 Interesting Bridges Worth Seeing in Virginia State Parks, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The trail, paved with crushed limestone, is nice for biking, walking, and running. High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. * Pay lots. Click here for park fees. In addition to largemouth and smallmouth bass, the Appomattox is home to the Kentucky spotted bass and numerous other freshwater species. High Bridge is .3 miles from the Camp Paradise parking lot. During the Battle of High Bridge on April 7, 1865, the original bridge was partially burned by Confederate Troops. State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park. For equestrians, the designated horse trailer parking lots are at Camp Paradise Road. It is in Virginia, Minnesota, about 200 miles north of Minneapolis, in Minnesota's Iron Range region. On Sept. 4, 2010, the trail's final six miles were opened. Lots at Camp Paradise, Elam, Prospect, River Road and Tuggle have handicapped parking spots. The bridge is also one of Minnesota's newest. Main Street, Downtown Farmville – Flush Toilets (owned and maintained by the Town of Farmville) – Located on the High Bridge Plaza. Access to the river is limited. The register listing for the bridge also includes the extant masonry piers and abutments from the 1854 High Bridge. The rail line was part of the Petersburg to Lynchburg line.