Monday, August 13, 2012

Green Getaways–High Bridge Trail State Park

HighBridge4Last weekend, our family visited High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville VA, and it does include a very high bridge!  The park is a multi-use trail for biking, hiking, or horseback riding, built on a former railroad bed.  The trail is 31 miles of nice, flat gravel trail that canHighBridge1 be pedaled by even the youngest bikers.  And the really great thing about this park, relative to other bike trails we’ve visited, is the fact that it’s not “loved to death” by crowds of other greenmomsters and their families.  While we saw other bikers and hikers during our day on the trail, it certainly wasn’t as crowded as other bike trails we’ve enjoyed in the DC metro area.  The “high” point of the trail is the very high bridge – 2400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox river, built during the 1850s.  This engineering marvel is really something to see.  The park interpretive staff explained to us that there were higher bridges built during this time period, but they weren’t as long, and there were longer bridges built, but they weren’t as high!    Enjoy a day of biking and wildlife viewing (we saw deer, many species of butterfly, and a skink) in this beautiful park next time you’re in central VA!  (Be sure to bring your own water!)

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