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High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. The bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad and played a significant role during Lee's retreat in the final days of the American Civil War. It was the site of two battles in April 1865. The new High Bridge opened in 2012 which completes the 31 miles of this park's linear trails. The High Bridge is one of the longest recreational bridges in the United States and the longest in Virginia. the bridge was reconstructed with 330,000 screws, 13,000 bolts of various sizes, and 1,065 railroad ties replaced. Visitors are strongly encouraged to be sure to bring plenty of drinking water. No drinking water is available on the trail.
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