The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened in 2009, providing a bridge for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge stands 212 feet above the river’s surface and is 6,768 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. This new park was due to the efforts of a non-profit organization. The park offers interpretive signs and a “Talkway Over the Walkway” cell phone tour.
There are two entrances to the park, one just 4 blocks north of the Metro North and Amtrak station in Poughkeepsie, with the entrance at 61 Parker Ave, and on the west side of the River at 87 Haviland Rd. Highland, NY. The Dutchess County Rail Trail continues from the Walkway on the east side of the Hudson River, and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail-continues from the west side of the Hudson River. The park closes as sunset. Take the Virtual Tour.