Has this ever happened to you????
Have you ever visited a place and immediately felt its magic?
That’s how I felt when visiting ‘The Walkway over the Hudson’.
Where is The Walkway Over The Hudson Located?
The Walkway Over the Hudson is part of the ‘Hudson Valley Rail Trail’ and runs over the Hudson River connecting Ulster County in Highland, NY to Dutchess County in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The Walkway is the World’s Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge. Since being rebuilt and re-opened in October 2009, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a place like no other. The Walkway over the Hudson is a total of 1.5 miles of pedestrian space over the majestic Hudson River. It not only serves as free public space, but also hosts an array of charity walks and other organized activities throughout the year.
According to their Website:
“Since opening in October 2009, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park has improved the quality of life in the Hudson Valley and is making significant, positive contributions to the local and regional economy. It is open year-round, offering programs, events and tours made possible through membership and donations to the Walkway organization.”
What makes the Walkway Over The Hudson so special?
This unique State Park is open from dusk to dawn year round and provides amazing views and quiet, safe space for all who visit. The combination of being so high up and the view of the surrounding scenery are only a few things that make this place so special. Think about it… Where else can you go and walk over the HUDSON RIVER! It’s truly amazing and give me goosebumps each time I go and visit.
On some nights, The Walkway is open later in the evening for Special Member-Only Events. I have not attended an evening event yet, but it is on my list of things to do. The Walkway also hosts many special events (charity walks, meet Santa, etc) and these events typically bring together people from the local communities, as well as, people visiting from distances away.
Can you believe that the Walkway over the Hudson is managed and maintained by volunteers??? They definitely take great pride in what they do.
It’s an amazing place to visit, as you can walk from Poughkeepsie to Highland, NY or vice versa. In addition to the walk, you can take an elevator from the Walkway to Poughkeepsie’s waterfront at Upper Landing Park.
When my family visits, we start typically our walks on the Ulster County side in Highland, NY. We park the car and begin our walk, partially on the Rail Trail until we get to the gated entrance of the Walkway. We love being able to get outdoors, take a nice walk and look at the spectacular views along the way.
The Walkway over the Hudson evokes a sense of calm, but yet, it energizes you. I’m not sure if it’s the fresh air, the views, or the sense that you are walking along a historic and unparalleled structure that was originally a railroad.
Do you know of any other State Parks that offer such a unique experience for their visitors?
If you do, leave me a comment below and let me know.
If you plan to spend the day at The Walkway over the Hudson, make sure to visit other local places, such as ‘Bad Seed Cider Co Tap Room‘, in Highland, NY.
Movies Under the Walkway Over the Hudson
(Summer Event only)
Upper Landing Park and the Walkway over the Hudson hosts “Movies Under the Walkway Over the Hudson” during the summer months. The organization sets aside five evenings during the summer to screen family-friendly movies, free to the public. Before the movie begins, the crowd is also entertained by local bands playing fun music for all to enjoy. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy a great movie with a spectacular view. It is a great way to spend a summer evening with your family. Free and Fun – that’s a Win-Win!
Watching a movie under The Walkway awakens a feeling of nostalgia. It strengthens the feeling and sense of community and takes you back to a simpler time when children played outside and watched movies with their families.
A Few Things to Know Before Visiting The Walkway Over the Hudson:
- This place is perfect for anyone/every one to visit: Families, Singles, Couples, etc.
- Cost: Walkway Over the Hudson is always Free (there is a donation box on the Walkway and they are happy to accept any donations to help keep this great place running smoothly)
- Parking (Ulster County): Free on the Ulster County Side (Highland, NY)
- Parking (Dutchess County): NOT FREE on the Dutchess County side (Poughkeepsie, NY)
- Portable bathrooms available for use
- There are vending machines offering drink options on either side of the Walkway
- There have been food/ice cream trucks during my visits (Mostly on weekends)
- Days Open/Hours: The Walkway over the Hudson is open from Dawn to Dusk, Year Round
- The Walkway over the Hudson is dog-friendly, but keep in mind that the pavement gets very hot during the summer months and can be harmful to their paws
The Walkway Over The Hudson
87 Haviland Road, Highland, NY
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61 Parker Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY
Now that you know what happens when you visit the Walkway over the Hudson,
why not tell me your Favorite New York State Park and what happens when you visit there?
Leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to also visit and feature the park in a future post.
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