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
© 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, 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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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