Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Quick Facts

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

New York

(845) 834-2867

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Things To Do

Overview

In October 2009 the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened as a legacy project of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,768 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. 

The Poughkeepsie-Highland  Railroad Bridge was built in the late 19th century to link New York and New England to an extensive, nationwide railway network.  For decades, it was a major rail corridor for both freight and passengers.

After a fire in 1974, the bridge was abandoned and sat for decades as an orphaned relic.  This brand new park was made possible due to the unwavering commitment of the community, who, through a non-profit organization called Walkway Over the Hudson, forged a public private partnership involving the State of New York, the federal government, neighboring municipalities, private corporations and other not for profit groups.  The amazing result of this wonderful partnership is a brand new state park, now open for all to enjoy.

The park offers interpretive signs and a Talkway Over the Walkway cell phone tour.

Reminders:

  • Check the Hours of Operation tab to find opening and closing times.
  • The Golden Park Pass does not apply at this park.

There are two entrances to the park, one on either side of the Hudson River each with their own unique approach:

East side of the River (Dutchess County) 61 Parker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Directions:
By train: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is located just 4 blocks north of the Metro North and Amtrak station in Poughkeepsie.

By car: take Route 9 to Route 9G north (Marist Drive). Bear right onto Washington Street. Proceed on Washington Street for 0.5 miles. Turn left on Route 9G/Parker Avenue. Walkway's parking lot is on the left side.

West side of the River (Ulster County) 87 Haviland Rd. Highland, NY 12528

Directions:
Located just north of the Mid-Hudson Bridge Take NY 218/Route 9W to Haviland Road. Accessible parking (permit only) is provided in a small parking lot (on left, approx. 0.5 miles). All other parking is along the north side Haviland Road.

Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near this historic park!

  • Dutchess County Rail Trail-continuing on from the Walkway and through the parking lot, it is located on the east side of the Hudson River
  • Hudson Valley Rail Trail-continuing on from the Walkway and past the Park Office, it is located on the west side of the Hudson River
  • Mid-Hudson Children's Museum-located in Poughkeepsie, the museum boasts hands-on exhibits and interesting programs for the whole family.




 

Map of Walkway Over the Hudson (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.710550, -73.944833

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    There is biking permitted on the nature trails at the park.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is permitted on the nature trails at the park and over the walkway.

  • Historic Sites

    Cell-phone tours (and interpretive signs tours) are available. Self-guided tours are also permitted.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are available at the park.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/12528.

Directions

Driving

There are two entrances to the park, one on either side of the Hudson River each with their own unique approach:

East side of the River (Dutchess County) 61 Parker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Directions: By car: take Route 9 to Route 9G north (Marist Drive). Bear right onto Washington Street. Proceed on Washington Street for 0.5 miles. Turn left on Route 9G/Parker Avenue. Walkway's parking lot is on the left side.

West side of the River (Ulster County) 87 Haviland Rd. Highland, NY 12528 Directions: Located just north of the Mid-Hudson Bridge Take NY 218/Route 9W to Haviland Road. Accessible parking (permit only) is provided in a small parking lot (on left, approx. 0.5 miles). All other parking is along the north side Haviland Road.

Flying

Albany International Airport and Stewart International Airport are nearby.

Public Transportation

By train: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is located just 4 blocks north of the Metro North and Amtrak station in Poughkeepsie.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(845) 834-2867

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