Saturday, April 30, 2015: Our daughter from Connecticut was going to be rock climbing with her friends in the Schawangunk Mountains about a hundred miles south of where we were in Saratoga so we moved down that way to see her. We were able to get a Saturday night reservation in a KOA near there.
While we were waiting for her we had some time to kill so we checked for nearby attractions and saw that the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park was near by.
- The Walkway is a 100+ year old train trestle
- Spans the Hudson River between Lloyd and Poughkeepsie in New York State.
- A fire destroyed the tracks in 1974
- 35 years later, in 2009, it was repurposed as the Walkway State Park
- 1.28 miles long
- 212 feet above the Hudson River
- Is the longest pedestrian bridge over water in the world
- It’s free
At the entrance to the bridge is a information stand and small gift shop along with some snacks and picnic tables.
There is no admission charged to walk across the bridge and the gates are closed at sunset.
Interpretive signs and photos can be found on the railings all along the way informing you of the construction and the fire.
It is also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Medallions honor those who have made significant contributions.
Towards the Poughkeepsie end of the Walkway is a glass-enclosed elevator that you can ride for free down 21 stories to a small park below.
The views from the bridge are wonderful. Below here is a small part of Poughkeepsie.
As we exited the east end of the bridge we saw three food trucks waiting for the hungry walkers.
Of course, walking only one way across was not an option. We had to turn around and go back the 1.28 miles we came if we wanted to get back to the car.
This time we took the elevator down the 21 stories to the park below before finishing our return walk.
Nice view of the walkway from down below.
After our walk we met our daughter and some of her climbing friends for a nice dinner.
- Distance Driven: 135 miles
- Lodging: $61
- Admission: free
Sunday, May 1, 2016: This morning we left the KOA in New York and have arrived at our destination in New Hampshire where we will be for the next two months as we spend time with our son and his family. I probably will not be making blog posts during this time unless we make some day trips with the car. Our plans after this time period are unplanned. We could go north into Canada, or maybe into Maine, or south, or west, who knows. Stay tuned!
- Distance Driven: 200 miles
- Gasoline: $125 @ $2.27
- Lodging: $1035 Monthly rate for May only