Walkway Over the Hudson (formerly named The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge) is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in America. In fact its the longest elevated pedestrian bridge the world. It is an old train bridge which crosses the Hudson River now turned into the world’s longest pedestrian walkway.
Hundreds of thousands walk over the river here each year. 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 (now known as Walk Over The Hudson) 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. Until 1924, it was the only bridge crossing the Hudson between New York City and Albany. After a fire in 1974, the bridge was abandoned and sat for decades as an orphaned relic. The 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 partnership is Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, one of the Hudson Valley's top attractions.
Today, it's the world's oldest remaining steel cantilever bridge. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Ride the glass elevator up to the park or down to the Poughkeepsie waterfront and be treated to great views of the surrounding scenery and the structure of the bridge. The elevator is located at Upper Landing Park (83 N. Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY), a short walk from the Poughkeepsie Train Station. While there is no vehicular parking at Upper Landing, parking can be found in the surrounding area.
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