Welcome to the Walkway Over the Hudson's Mobile Web Tour - an interactive, multi-media, and multilingual tour of the historic Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge and the surrounding Hudson Valley. The tour takes you through the bridge's history, its dramatic rehabilitation, and the Hudson Valley's incredible natural environment. It provides audio information for the interpretive signage on the bridge. In addition, the tour provides additional information on local areas of interest such as descriptions of nearby historic estate and revolutionary war sites, trail maps of the many beautiful parks, a guide to arts along the river, and a wide selection of local dining and lodging options.
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a linear walkway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The park is managed and maintained by NYS Parks – Taconic Region. Walkway State Park officially opened to the public on Saturday, October 3, 2009.
Since opening to the public in 2009, more than a million visitors have strolled, cycled, hiked, jogged, and roller-bladed over the Walkway's mighty steel trusses. They come from the communities of the Hudson Valley, from throughout New York State, and from around the world. Many visit over and over again, captivated by the Walkway's sweeping views of the picturesque Hudson River Valley and the special camaraderie that visitors share in this uncomplicated, pleasant place. An unsurpassed tourism magnet and economic development engine, Walkway Over the Hudson State Park bridges more than just two shores. At every turn—from its historic construction in 1888 to its remarkable transformation and its subsequent success as one of New York's most popular new parks—the Walkway has demonstrated the power of ingenuity, collaboration, and perseverance. It is truly an American icon, preserving the best of our history, our culture, and our spirit.
Walkway State Park is open year-round, weather conditions permitting (closed in the event of lightning or ice).
Walkway Over the Hudson, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, works to support and improve Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park by building new amenities and features that help this grand attraction realize its full potential. Throughout the year, the Walkway organization implements programming and events designed to enlighten and bring enjoyment to the park's expected 750,000 annual visitors. We also recruit and train volunteers to serve as guides, ambassadors, and support staff. Our critical mission depends upon engaged members, volunteers and donors who share our vision for the park.
We hope that through our work we will inspire people to connect to the beauty of the Hudson Valley, the regional trail system, and the diversity of recreational and cultural activities that exist throughout the region.
For more information, go to Walkway's home page.