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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

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: For the safety of all visitors and staff, please wear a face covering while in the Walkway office or bathroom and when you cannot social distance.

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.

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 May 1.

    The elevator will operate seven days a week from 9:00 am until 90 minutes prior to the park's closing.

    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.

 

Fri 01 Oct
Starry Starry Night
Friday, October 1, 2021 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Upper Landing Park

SIP, wine, cocktails, and craft beverages. SAVOR, delicious fare from the Hudson Valley. STROLL while enjoying special entertainment and one-of-a-kind twilight views from the Walkway. Featuring a menu prepared by Chef Bruce Kazan from Main Course. Wine from Millbrook Vineyards, a signature cocktail from 1857 Spirits and Hudson Whiskey from Tuthilltown Distillery, along with craft beers from Dutchess Beer Distributors/ Mill House Brewing Co. and other renowned Hudson Valley purveyors.

Join our honorary presenters: ▪Dave Price ▪Robert Dyson ▪Tara Sullivan ▪Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky ▪Senator Michelle Hinchey and 2021 Event Chairs Ron Lane, Ann Weiser & Elizabeth Waldstein in recognizing the 2021 Great Connectors

2021 GREAT CONNECTORS

▪John O'Shea ▪Mary Stuart Masterson ▪Andrew Beers ▪Michael Graham

Please visit www.walkway.org/starrystarrynight for more information and to reserve tickets.

Sat 02 Oct
Poughkeepsie Regatta Race
Saturday, October 2, 2021 07:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Regatta will be going under the Walkway Over the Hudson

Event Organizer: The Hudson River Rowing Organization & Mid-Hudson Rowing Association

The Hudson River Rowing Association and Mid-Hudson Rowing Association will be co-sponsoring a 3 mile rowing race on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Named after the historic Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta (1895 – 1949), the new Poughkeepsie Regatta will be held on the historic course used for the national collegiate championship races.

Races are scheduled to run from 7:15 AM to 10:30 AM. The start is at the Culinary Institute of America's main campus in Hyde Park and the finish is under the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie. The entire race can be viewed from the Walkway Over the Hudson (2.5 miles from the start). Crews from Pelham to Albany will convene at the Hudson River Rowing Association Community Boathouse to compete in Junior, Collegiate and Masters events. Boats racing will include singles (1 person), doubles (2 person), quads (4 person), fours (4 person with a coxswain) and eights (8 person with a coxswain). For more information visit: https://walkway.org/event/poughkeepsie-regatta/

Sat 02 Oct
WALKTOBERFEST
Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Hudson Valley Rail Trail/Walkway Over the Hudson

Event Organizer: Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson & the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Walkway Over the Hudson and Hudson Valley Rail Trail Hosting Walktoberfest Essential Farmers and Makers Market to Celebrate Hudson Valley Products.

For complete information, tickets, and a list of participants, visit walkway.org/walktoberfest.

Sun 03 Oct
WALKTOBERFEST
Sunday, October 3, 2021 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

Hudson Valley Rail Trail/Walkway Over the Hudson

Event Organizer: Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson & the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Walkway Over the Hudson and Hudson Valley Rail Trail Hosting Walktoberfest Essential Farmers and Makers Market to Celebrate Hudson Valley Products.

For complete information, tickets, and a list of participants, visit walkway.org/walktoberfest.

Fri 08 Oct
Qi Gong Over the Walkway
Friday, October 8, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
(845) 834-2867

West Side Plaza

Event Organizer: Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson & Kele Baker

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.

By embodying the observable movements of nature through qigong, our body, mind, heart and spirit align with their own internal nature, helping us experience overall wellness and quality of life. 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.

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 making a donation 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. For more information visit: https://walkway.org/event/qigong-on-the-walkway/2021-10-08/

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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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