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Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

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Address
Highland Entrance:
87 Haviland Road
Highland, NY 12528

Poughkeepsie Entrance:
61 Parker Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Latitude 41.711
Longitude -73.949

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Pet Policy

Household pets only on the Walkway; must be on a leash not more than 6 feet long. Only service animals are permitted on the elevator.

There are access points to the park on both sides of the Hudson River

East side of the River (Dutchess County) 61 Parker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. West side of the River (Ulster County) 87 Haviland Rd. Highland, NY 12528

Nearby

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

Elevator

The elevator will operate weekends only from April 2 through Memorial Day, then seven days a week until Thanksgiving Weekend. Hours of operation from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. In the event of inclement weather including heavy rain, high winds, and thunderstorms, the elevator may close temporarily. To check operational status, call the Elevator Hotline at 845-834-3641.

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 and bicyclists. 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.  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.  

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. Visit http://upperlanding.org/parking/ for details. Although leashed pets are allowed on the Walkway, only service animals are permitted on the elevator. Bicycles can be brought on the elevator.

The park offers interpretive signs and a Talkway Over the Walkway cell phone tour. There is also an audio tour available online in English, Spanish and Mandarin at https://walkway.org/walkway-audio-tours.

 
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 access points to the park on both sides of the Hudson River: 

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. If the elevator is open, exit the station via the Water Street exit and walk north for five minutes to Upper Landing Park, on the left. Otherwise, take a 15-minute walk to Washington Street to climb the staircase up to the bridge.

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 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 of Haviland Road.

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

  • Sojourner Truth Statue- located on the Ulster County side of the park, the statue honors the life and legacy of one of nation's leading voices for abolition and universal suffrage in the nineteenth century
  • 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. The museum is located at 75 N. Water Street in Poughkeepsie, next to Upper Landing Park and the Walkway elevator. 

Household pets only on the Walkway; must be on a leash not more than 6 feet long. Only service animals are permitted on the elevator.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 889 Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year-round, conditions permitting,from dawn to dusk.

    Current hours of operation
    *Normal operational hours can change in accordance with the weather.

    Office is open 8:00 - 4:30 pm, daily.

  • Assorted Tours: By appointment
    Walkway Overview
    Guided bird walk
    Hudson River Ecology Tour
    Bridge/Walkway Engineering Tour
    Regional History Tour

    Educational Programs: Year-round by appointment.

    Public Programs: Call for schedule.

    Special Events: Many throughout the year, call for current schedule.

    Special Activities by Permit: Weddings, private parties, sporting events, fund-raising events. Fees vary according to date/time and scope of event. Call 845-834-2867 for schedule and information.
  • Elevator: will open for the season on April 2.

    The elevator will operate weekends only from April 2 through Memorial Day, then seven days a week until Thanksgiving Weekend.

    Hours of operation from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

    In the event of inclement weather including heavy rain, high winds, and thunderstorms, the elevator may close temporarily. To check operational status, call the Elevator Hotline at 845-834-3641.


Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Bus
  • Suggested Donation: $100
  • Educational Programs
  • On site - Adults: $5 / Students: $2
    Off site - $30/hour
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $7/four hours. Automated parking system that accepts cash, credit and debit cards at Poughkeepsie parking lot; pay box that accepts cash only in the Highland parking lot.

A Brief History

  • 1868 - An article in the Poughkeepsie Journal introduced the idea of building a railroad bridge across the Hudson.
  • 1871 - The Poughkeepsie railroad bridge was chartered.
  • 1873 - The first cornerstone of the bridge was laid.
  • 1888 - The bridge opened in December and was considered a technological wonder. 1889 - Trains started crossing and at that time it was the longest bridge in the world.World War II - through the war, the bridge carried troops to be shipped overseas. At it's height, 3,500 train cars crossed the bridge on a daily basis.
  • 1974 - Fire severely damaged the tracks, ending almost a century of continuous use.
  • 1992 - Walkway Over the Hudson began its efforts to provide public access to the bridge and link rail trails on both sides of the Hudson.
  • 1998 - Walkway Over the Hudson assumed ownership of the bridge.
  • 2007 - Walkway Over the Hudson partnered with the Dyson Foundation to access public and private funding in order to transform the bridge into the world's largest pedestrian park.
  • 2008 - After a groundbreaking held in May, construction work began to transform the bridge into a pedestrian park.
  • October 3, 2009 - Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened to the public.
  • August 14, 2014 - A grand opening is held for an elevator connecting the Walkway to the Poughkeepsie waterfront. The new glass elevator is located at Upper Landing Park and is just a short walk from Waryas Park, fine dining and the Poughkeepsie Train Station.

 

Mon 04 Jul
Fireworks Over the Hudson
Monday, July 4, 2022 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Don't miss your chance to see fireworks from eye level with an unobstructed view 212 feet above the Hudson River on the World's Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge. On Monday, July 4, Walkway Over the Hudson will be open to ticket holders only to view the City of Poughkeepsie fireworks display. The Walkway will close to the general public at 4:30 p.m. for event setup and safety preparations. The bridge will reopen at 6:30 p.m. to those with valid tickets and remain open until approximately 9:30 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to launch between 8:15-8:30 p.m. Don't delay – purchase your tickets today. Attendance is strictly limited and passes have sold out every year. The Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization is a proud lead sponsor of the City of Poughkeepsie's annual fireworks. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Walkway and help us fund community events like the annual fireworks display, improve the park with new amenities and construction, support our volunteer Ambassadors, tell the historical story of the bridge, and more! TICKETING INFORMATION General Admission: $20 Seniors or Veterans: $15 Walkway Members*: $15 Children 10 and Under: FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (ALL children must be registered and have a ticket to enter). FOR INFO/TICKETS https://app.mobilecause.com/e/QOEKnw?vid=si24k
Thu 07 Jul
FREE LIVE MUSIC CONCERTS with Hudson Valley Folk Guild
Thursday, July 7, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Come sit for a while & listen to our friends, the Hudson Valley Folk Guild, share great tunes from a different performer each Thursday night. Free live music concerts at the Ulster Visitor Center (Highland side) every Thursday from 6-7pm, now throughout the summer. Feel free to bring a lawn chair!
Fri 08 Jul
FLOW LIKE A RIVER – Qigong on the Walkway
Friday, July 8, 2022 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Join us for a Qigong session at the Ulster Welcome Center. The "meditative movement" practices of Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") combine easy, fun, flowing exercises, gentle breathing, and meditation to help us relieve anxiety, release stress, and feel more energized and peaceful. The natural movement of water is a reflection of natural wellness within ourselves. We are healthiest and happiest when the body is relaxed and flowing like the tide of the river, and when the mind is quiet and deep like the sea. All practices can be done seated or standing and are adaptable to suit individual comfort levels. Everyone is welcome to participate. These events are free for Walkway members, while non-members are asked to consider donating at the event ($5 suggested). All proceeds support Walkway Over the Hudson and its mission to bring dynamic programs like this to the Hudson Valley community.
Sat 09 Jul
Movies Under the Walkway – SING 2
Saturday, July 9, 2022 07:30 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Who's ready to watch some movies under the Walkway?! Dutchess County Parks and the Walkway Over the Hudson are proud to partner with the Millman Harris Romano Foundation to bring family-friendly movie nights back to Upper Landing Park! These are free, ticketed events that will take place in sunshine only, and pre-registration is required. To register go to: Dutchessny.gov/ParksMovies
Sun 10 Jul
Drumming Circle at East Gate Plaza
Sunday, July 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Drumming Circle will be coming to the East Gate Plaza on July 10th from 11 AM to 1 PM. The quality of the music produced in a drumming circle is not based on the rhythmical expertise of the players, but on the quality of their relationship with the other people in the circle. The result is those magical musical moments where one powerful voice is created out of the many. In those moments, the players stop worrying about keeping time because time, as they know it, has stopped. In its place is a living breathing entity, expressing timeless joy, passion and release through the power of rhythm.

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Additional Documents

Did You Know? In 1888, the 6768-foot long bridge was the longest in the world.

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