Located near Farmville, VA this is an easy day hike with stunning views from an old railroad bed turned into High Bridge Trail in Virginia. The perfect trail for hiking or biking gives you an easy and peaceful walk above the trees.
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Hiking high bridge trail in central virginia
I don’t know if it was the lack of hikers, or the stunning views looking out over the trees and river, but hiking this trail/bridge was magical. It was an overcast Saturday when we visited Virginias High Bridge Trail State Park last week, and we found ourselves mostly alone on the trail, with the exception of a handful of bikers. We entered the Virginia State Park, drove down a long gravel road parked at the Camp Paradise parking lot.
As you enter the trail, there is a bathroom on your right. Once on the trail, turn left to head to the High Bridge. There are plenty of signs to map your way. You will walk a short distance on a flat, wide trail before reaching the bridge.
As you go along, be careful of rotten boards in the middle of the bridge. We had a total Indiana Jones moment about 1/4 of the way down. It seemed safe but just stick to the sides.
On your way back to the parking lot, look to the right of the bridge and you will see the remains of the original bridge frozen in time.
Camping at high bridge trail in virginia
There are no overnight accommodations at High Bridge Trail State Park. We stayed at the nearby Twin Lakes State Park and will have a review of that campground soon. It was a short drive from the campground to High Bridge Trail.
A Historic site at high bridge trail
Either on the way to the bridge or the way back (your choice), there is an off shoot trail that will take you through a historic site. It is an interesting little walk where you can see a canon and read about a little history of the High Bridge.
It was at this point where Josh and the kids left me behind and we shortly had a come-to-Jesus moment when I got lost on a trail in the woods and they continued in another direction.
We spent a total of about an hour and half or so on the trail. Depending on where you park, the trail can be long or short. If you are looking for a shorter, easy, flat, trail, park at the Camp Paradise parking lot. If you plan on riding bikes, which looked AMAZING, you might want to park at a further parking lot.
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