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Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

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Attention cyclists and pedestrians of the Walkway! Please be aware that lanes are compressed due to the construction of the new Dutchess Welcome Center. Cyclists are REQUIRED to dismount and adhere to the posted regulations in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all. Thank you for your cooperation!

Address
Highland Entrance:
87 Haviland Road
Highland, NY 12528

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

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.  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.
Please Note: The Walkway's waterfront elevator is currently undergoing maintenance to address technology upgrades and to improve reliability. Construction is scheduled to be complete by Spring 2019.

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!

  • 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 889Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year-round, conditions permitting, from 7 am - sunset.

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

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

  • Day use activities available year-round include:
    Picnicking, walking, jogging, bike riding, roller skating, in-line skating, dog walking, bird watching, train watching, river traffic observation, self-guided tours (posted factoids), and Talkway-Over-Walkway (Cell phone tours).
  • 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.

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
  • Parking Fee
  • $5/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.
Fri 23 Nov
Santa on the Walkway
Friday, November 23, 2018 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Santa Claus is coming to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park on Friday, November 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are welcome to have their picture taken with Santa at the Walkway’s West Side Entrance, at the Ulster Welcome Center. Walkway’s Volunteer Ambassadors will be serving hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes –free of charge while supplies last.

Location: West (Highland) Entrances of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and Upper Landing Park

 

Sun 02 Dec
Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley
Sunday, December 2, 2018 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

The Hudson Valley region is rich in history, even in places you may never expected. Join local author and historian Tony Musso on Sunday, December 2 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Interfaith Towers (66 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie) as he discusses his latest book Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley Volume 3, which features 55 sites from Westchester County to Saugerties and beyond that might not be mainstream tourist destination, but still boast significance in local and national history. This lecture is complimentary to attend for Walkway members and all seniors residing in assisted living. The general public is welcome to attend for a suggested donation of $5

Sun 16 Dec
Flag Changing Ceremony
Sunday, December 16, 2018 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

The American Legion Pleasant Valley-Millbrook Post #739, Pleasant Valley NY and VFW Post 6534 Highland organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway to honor our region’s veterans and their service to our country. These events, organized and presented by these local veterans’ organizations, are open to all who wish to attend.

Contact: Ross Hartlipp with American Legion Post 739 for information and updates. Location: Center Overlook of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park Event Organizer: American Legion Post 739 and VFW Post 6534 Highland

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 02:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Join The Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park on our annual legendary historic first day hike.

Meet up location: Center bump out on the walkway at the Flag pole

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Additional Documents

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

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Interpretive Signs (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Self Guided Tours (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Audio-Visual Programs (Accessible)
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)