Sunday, July 04, 2010


Recently I enjoyed a 10 day visit with my daughter and her husband in New York State. One of the highlights for us was taking the “Walkway Over the Hudson”.

This is a 1.28 mile walkway connecting the two shores of that impressive river. It was originally the abandoned Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad bridge that was built in the late 19th century to link New York and New England. It was demolished by a fire in 1974, leaving it unusable.

In 1992 a non-profit group called “Walkway Over the Hudson” began efforts to provide public access to the bridge and joined with local and state municipalities to make this a reality. It was completely refurbished by 2009 and is now operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation.

The day that we were there they were installing meters for parked cars so we got by without having to pay. But the $5 per car fee is a great bargain, nonetheless.

The pictures that I’ve posted show the delightful entry gate, the walkway and just one of the continuing vistas that appear as you walk the length of the bridge. It was a perfect day…in the mid 80’s with a slight breeze … and that made it even more memorable.

If you are ever in the Poughkeepsie, NY vicinity be sure to make this walk part of your visit. You won’t be disappointed.


Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Happy July the Fourth. It looks like a lovely place to enjoy a stroll over the river.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Ya gotta love that there's a place called Poughkeepsie.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

So nice that you had a good long visit Ginnie. The walk with the comfortable temps looked wonderful.
Love Di ♥

3:11 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

If we ever get to upstate NY, Ginnie, we will check out this bridge based on your glowing recommendation...and it looks like a good walk on a cool day!

6:10 AM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

I would love to com over and walk that bridge...I think it is great that the community got together and got it all going. The gate is something that really made me smile, the image of the grandad/dad with the little girl strolling along. That is what it's all about :)
Sounds like a delightful day Ginnie :)

6:48 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Glad that you had a good visit. Having good temperatures really helped here.

12:38 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

That must have been a nice walk. I have long said that Raleigh would be perfect if we had a river running through!!

9:29 PM  
Blogger possum said...

I used to go to that area a lot as a kid... had family in New Paltz... If I ever get up that way again, I will look for the bridge. Not able to walk that far, but maybe I can see it from the ground!
Not quite the same is it?

1:07 PM  

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