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June 3, 2023

Join us on Saturday, June 3, 2023, as we head to High Bridge State Park in Farmville, VA. The iconic High Bridge in High Bridge Trail State Park is most often viewed by visitors walking across the bridge. High Bridge is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States. The original High Bridge was completed and open for service on January 1, 1854. Considered an engineering marvel it featured twenty piers containing almost four million bricks supporting a wooden superstructure with a pedestrian walkway beside the rail line, along with an adjacent wagon bridge (known also as the lower wagon bridge). The wagon bridge would ultimately play a pivotal role in the outcome of the Civil War. At its completion, Chief Engineer, C.O. Sanford stated that “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.” Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella. We will walk around three miles.

We will also see the Historic downtown Farmville and other sights along the way.

PRICE PER PERSON: $50. Full amount is due when reservation is made.

PRICE INCLUDES: Roundtrip Parks & Recreation transportation, a visit to High Bridge, and a tour host.

DEPARTURE TIMES AND LOCATIONS: The Parks and Rec bus/van will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the overflow parking area at Valley View Mall (this is between Belk and I-581). We will pick up passengers at 7:45 a.m. at Bonsack Walmart. We can also pick up passengers in Bedford or Lynchburg area if need be. We should arrive back to Roanoke around 6:30 p.m.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The trip is based on a minimum amount of paid participants by May 20, 2023. If we cancel, a full refund will be given. If you cancel before May 20, you will get a refund less a $20 service fee. If you cancel after May 20, there will be no refunds given.

REGISTRATION: Call Roanoke Parks and Recreation at (540) 853-2236 or online at: Registration link:

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June 3, 2023