High Bridge Trail State Park rests in the heart of the Virginia countryside, and it is home to a bridge — its namesake — that runs for nearly 2,500 feet over the majestic Appomattox River 160 feet below. The park itself encompasses over 1,200 acres of scenic woodlands, and its stunning natural features coupled with the picturesque view of the bridge make it one of the most recognizable landmarks in the commonwealth. More importantly, the park contains over thirty miles of trails that you can explore with your canine companion!
There are a number of trailheads where you can begin your High Bridge hike. Most of the parking lots charge a small fee; however, you can find free parking lots at the Osborne Road trailhead and the municipality of Farmville. If you just want to check out the bridge, a good starting point is the River Road trailhead — it is the closest access point to the bridge. You can also begin your journey as far east as Moran or as far west as Pamplin City — whatever suits your tastes! Either way, you and your dog are sure to enjoy the abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery as you hike. You might be able to spot some cardinals (Virginia’s state bird) fluttering through the evergreens and tulip poplars that spread across the park. You’ll also find some wonderful wildflowers in the springtime.
When you and your dog are visiting High Bridge Trail State Park, be sure to adhere to its regulations. Dogs must be kept on a leash of no longer than six feet at all times, and you will need to bring bags to clean up after your furry friend as well. Restrooms can be found at all of the main trailheads, but make sure you bring your own drinking water as there are no water fountains along the trail.
You and your dog are sure to enjoy your time at High Bridge Trail State Park, and you will see why it is one of the most popular hiking attractions in Virginia!