Posts Tagged With: Civil War

Maine or Bust 2022: Riding High

The idea of converting miles of unused railroad lines into safe and scenic hiking/biking trails was pure genius. We rode a few last year as we traveled across country and back, enjoying the smooth paths free from traffic and cross streets. This year, again with trailer in tow, we hit the road in search of new trails to ride.

It’s always fun to ride toward an exciting destination, so Reg and I drove to High Bridge Trail State Park to catch the rail trail in the town of Farmville, Virginia, close to the midpoint of the 31-mile stretch, thus assuring us (me) that we (I) wouldn’t poop out before reaching the spectacular centerpiece of the trail.

A little weathered, but this board describes the history of the bridge and the important role it played during the Civil War.

More than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River, the High Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the longest recreational bridge in Virginia. The original bridge opened in 1854, was rebuilt in 1914 and saw the last train cross in 2005. In 2012 the renovated bridge opened to the public, 147 years after the Battle of High Bridge.

Not only was the bridge a thrill to ride across, but it provided us a lunch stop with a pretty good view.

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Backroads Across America:  Magnolia Springs State Park


We scored another winner tonight in the Georgia State Park system.  While we couldn’t ask for a more restful setting, Magnolia Springs hasn’t always been a quiet little campground.  Magnolia Springs has a story to tell.

Back in 1864 this area was known as Camp Lawton, a prison established by the Confederate Army to hold Union soldiers during the Civil War.  It was thought to be the largest prison of its time.  Although it was constructed, occupied and abandoned all within just three months, Camp Lawton still managed to house nearly 11,000 prisoners.  The site was quickly abandoned as General Sherman and his Union troops advanced across Georgia.  That was the end of the Camp Lawton story until 2010 when an archeological dig began.  A history center opened in 2014.  Both are located within the park boundaries.


Today, Magnolia Springs Upper Lake appears to be a peaceful spot to soak up the sun, cast out a fishing line or paddle a canoe…and you can do all that, but beware!


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