Monday, October 26, 2015

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

My series on local parks continues. Today, I focus on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park near Poughkeepsie, New York. Links to other parks in my series follow the images and text.

The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a spectacular rails to trails project that opened in 2009. While the park is owned by the state, a non-profit organization called Walkway Over the Hudson, does programming, fund raising, and provides guides for the park. Indeed, it is this organization that originally developed the idea of a walking trail on the abandoned bridge.

The bridge opened for rail traffic in 1888. It was in continuous operation until a fire damaged it considerably in 1974. The rail traffic had declined significantly and the bridge was not repaired. In 1992, Walkway Over the Hudson formed to begin their successful work to preserve the bridge as a walking trail.

The bridge length is approximately 1.25 miles and rises above the river approximately 200 feet. The bridge allows pedestrians and bikes and also has elevator access. There are a number of interpretive signs at both entrances to the bridge and along the route. There is abundant parking on either side.

Banners at both sides of the bridge welcome walkers and bikers. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

The surface of the bridge is smooth. There are no irregular surfaces to trip up clumsy people like me.
Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

Autumn is the perfect time of year to see the Hudson Valley. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

More autumn beauty. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

The Hudson flows both north and south at Poughkeepsie due to the strong tidal influence of the river.
Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

Bikers, walkers, and dogs share the relatively narrow bridge space. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

From the center of the bridge looking north. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

From the center of the bridge looking south. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

The dedication sign at the top of the bridge. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

My brother was visiting from Wisconsin. The bridge is a great spot for selfies. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

Previous on the Brink Posts on Local Parks

Locally Managed Parks


Riverhills Park, Temple Terrace

New York

Eisenhower Park

State Parks

New York

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Federal Parks


Lake Lanier Works Park

New York

William Floyd Estate

The Complete On the Brink Series on National Parks

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Mount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park

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