Walkway Over the Hudson: A Neat Way to Experience the Hudson River

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    A Linear Park

    Walkway Over the Hudson Entrance Photo - A Linear Park Connecting Highland and Poughkeepsie
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour Walkway Over the Hudson opened to the public on October 3, 2009. This linear park connects Highland, New York, with the city of Poughkeepsie on the Hudson's opposite shore. I took this photo at the walkway's Highland entrance the day after the opening. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    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,...MORE 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.

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    Something of an Eyesore

    Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge Photo
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour I took this photo of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge one year before it was reborn as Walkway Over the Hudson. An engineering marvel when it debuted in 1889, the bridge was irreparably damaged by fire in 1974 and spent decades as something of an eyesore. © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    A Bridge's Demise

    Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge Fire
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour Interpretive signage mounted along the Walkway Over the Hudson tells the story of the bridge's demise and resurrection. This sign explains why fighting the 1974 fire on the 6,767-foot span, situated 212 feet above the Hudson River, proved so challenging. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Walkway Over the Hudson Map

    Walkway Over the Hudson Map
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour This map displayed near the Walkway Over the Hudson entrance on the Highland side of the former Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge will help you to get a sense of the bridge's location on the Hudson River. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    A Safe Crossing

    Walkway Over the Hudson Picture - A Safe Crossing
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour I'll admit, after viewing the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge from the ground for so many years, I was concerned that walking across the new Walkway Over the Hudson would seem scary. It wasn't at all. The span is broad and stable with high rails for safety. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Quite a Bike Path

    Walkway Over the Hudson - Scenic Hudson Valley Bike Path
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour The Hudson Valley was already home to scenic bike paths, but they pale in comparison to Walkway Over the Hudson, which is also a Bikeway Over the Hudson. It's a good bet there'll be more competition for bike spots on Metro-North trains to Poughkeepsie. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

    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.

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    Dogs Love It, Too

    Walkway Over the Hudson - Dogs Allowed on Walkway Over the Hudson
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour Leashed dogs are allowed on the Walkway Over the Hudson, and all of the dogs we saw headed for this Hudson River expanse seemed excited to be exploring new territory. If you're planning to walk your dog on the bridge, be sure to bring clean-up supplies. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    A New Way to Leaf Peep

    Leaf Peeping from Walkway Over the Hudson
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour Walkway Over the Hudson opened just in time for fall foliage season in New York State. It provides a spectacular vantage point for leaf peeping in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Fall Foliage Along the Hudson

    Fall Foliage Along the Hudson River - Foliage Photo from Walkway Over the Hudson
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour During my October 4, 2009 visit to Walkway Over the Hudson, I had the chance to see early fall foliage color along the Hudson River. By Columbus Day weekend, the oranges, golds and auburns of autumn should really be starting to pop. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    A Photographer's Delight

    Walkway Over the Hudson - A Photographer's Delight
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour As I walked across the bridge, I ran into many other photographers. Walkway Over the Hudson offers photography enthusiasts a unique angle from which to shoot the majestic Hudson River, as well as an architecturally interesting subject to photograph. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    A Multitude of Visitors

    Photo of Multitude of People on Walkway Over the Hudson During Bridge's Opening Weekend
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour There were so many visitors during Walkway Over the Hudson's opening weekend that it looked like a sea of people crossing the bridge, and we had to walk a half-mile from where we parked on the Highland side just to get to the entrance. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    First Peek at the River

    Hudson River Photo - Hudson River Viewed from Walkway Over the Hudson
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour From Highland, it takes several minutes of walking along the Walkway Over the Hudson before the Hudson River comes into view. At 6,768 feet long, the walkway is about half the length of New York City's Central Park. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Bird Watching from the Bridge

    Walkway Over the Hudson River - Bird Watching from the Bridge
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour The Hudson River Valley is home to a diverse bird population, and Walkway Over the Hudson provides a spectacular vantage point for bird watching. Bring binoculars! Birders may even see peregrine falcons, reintroduced to the region after a 50-year absence. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Looking North

    Hudson River Picture - Bend in the River
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour This is the view of the Hudson River looking north from Walkway Over the Hudson as the tidal river bends toward Hyde Park on the east bank and West Park on the west side. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Looking South

    Mid-Hudson Bridge - Photo of the View South from Walkway Over the Hudson
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour And this is the view looking south from Walkway Over the Hudson toward the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge, a picturesque suspension bridge that carries vehicle traffic between Highland and Poughkeepsie. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Sloop Clearwater

    Sloop Clearwater and Mid-Hudson Bridge - Picture
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour The sloop Clearwater, a sailing vessel with a mission to promote environmental education and activism along the Hudson River, was on hand during the opening weekend celebration for Walkway Over the Hudson. The sloop marked its 40th birthday in 2009. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Clearwater Up-Close

    Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Photo
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour Clearwater is an ambassador for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., an environmental advocacy non-profit founded by folk singer Pete Seeger in 1966. It was built in Maine and modeled after sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Train Watching

    Train Watching from Walkway Over the Hudson - Photo of Train Along the Hudson River
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour For my six-year-old, a highlight of our Walkway Over the Hudson experience was watching a train speed along the Hudson's shores. Any fear I had about being high above the river subsided when I remembered the bridge was built to carry heavy freight trains. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Final Photo Op

    Walkway Over the Hudson - A Good Spot for a Family Photo Op
    ••• Walkway Over the Hudson Photo Tour Of course, everyone on the Walkway Over the Hudson during opening weekend wanted to have their picture taken. A kind passerby took this shot of me and my family, and I was happy to oblige when a solo traveler asked me to take his photo on the bridge. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Walkway Over the Hudson is an impressive concourse over the Hudson River providing a connection between Poughkeepsie and Highland for pedestrians and cyclists.