At 6,768 feet long, Walkway Over the Hudson is the world’s longest, elevated pedestrian bridge. Ideal for walking, biking, jogging, and walking your dog, it’s the perfect place to spend a few hours on any beautiful day.
Located between Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York, the bridge is accessible from two locations, both that offer bathrooms and pitstops for a snack. The best part of this attraction, however, is the views you will get on both sides of the river.
At one point, the bridge was used for both freight and passenger trains, as a connection to New England. But, after a fire in 1974, it was abandoned. Due to its history, I found the walkway quite comparable to New York City’s High Line, and along the sides of the bridge are the listed donors, and facts about the bridge itself, as well as the surrounding area.
I visited with my cousin, Amanda, who had attended nearby Marist College, and while, we choose to just walk back and forth over the bridge, if you are planning on making a day of your trip up there, I’d also suggest heading to the Culinary Institute of America, which is nearby on the Poughkeepsie side of the river.
Whether you plan on visiting Walkway Over the Hudson for just a few hours, or want to spend more time in the surrounding area, I would suggest checking out this unique location, especially this coming Autumn when the leaves begin to change colors. I’m sure it would make the views even that more beautiful.
There are two separate entrances to the park, one on either side of the river. One is located on the East side in Dutchess County at 61 Parker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 and the other is on the West side in Ulster County at 87 Haviland Rd. Highland, NY 12528.