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A Linear Park
Photos from Opening Weekend at New York's Elevated Hudson River Walkway
As a Hudson Valley native, I recall the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge as something of an eyesore. I was still a preschooler when the landmark bridge burned in 1974. The fire proved devastating to the historic span, which was the longest bridge in the world in 1889, when it began carrying trains across the Hudson River.
The railroad bridge was such a white elephant that it was sold three times in the 1980s and '90s: each time for $1. Walkway Over the Hudson, a non-profit created in 1992, acquired the bridge in 1998 and set about parlaying its $1 investment into an invaluable scenic attraction.
On October 3, 2009, Walkway Over the Hudson opened, and visitors enjoyed a first look at the $39 million transformation of the abandoned bridge into a linear park stretching from Poughkeepsie to Highland. I took these Walkway Over the Hudson photos during an opening weekend stroll across the restored, 1.25-mile bridge, which is now a prime destination for walking, biking, bird watching, leaf peeping and photography.
Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.Continue to 2 of 19 below.
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Something of an Eyesore
Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.Continue to 3 of 19 below.
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A Bridge's Demise
Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.Continue to 4 of 19 below.
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Walkway Over the Hudson MapContinue to 5 of 19 below.
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A Safe CrossingContinue to 6 of 19 below.
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Quite a Bike Path
Want to transport your bike aboard a Metro-North train? A $5 lifetime Bicycle Permit is required and may be purchased at ticket booths or on the train. There are also restrictions on the number of bikes allowed per train. Read these MTA Bike & Ride rules before you set out on your Walkway Over the Hudson bike trip.
Bike Hudson Valley is a good resource for finding other scenic bike routes in the Hudson Valley region.Continue to 7 of 19 below.
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Dogs Love It, TooContinue to 8 of 19 below.
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A New Way to Leaf PeepContinue to 9 of 19 below.
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Fall Foliage Along the HudsonContinue to 10 of 19 below.
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A Photographer's DelightContinue to 11 of 19 below.
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A Multitude of VisitorsContinue to 12 of 19 below.
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First Peek at the RiverContinue to 13 of 19 below.
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Bird Watching from the BridgeContinue to 14 of 19 below.
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Looking NorthContinue to 15 of 19 below.
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Looking SouthContinue to 16 of 19 below.
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Sloop ClearwaterContinue to 17 of 19 below.
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Clearwater Up-CloseContinue to 18 of 19 below.
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Train WatchingContinue to 19 of 19 below.
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Final Photo Op