General Information

Walkway Over the Hudson, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit group, initially conceived of the idea of turning an old abandoned railroad bridge into a pedestrian park, and with the help of both private and public funding and partnerships, this dream became a reality on October 3, 2009. Walkway Over the Hudson now works with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to make visiting Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park a truly memorable experience.

Walkway Office:
82 Washington Street
Suite 201
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
 
Walkway Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 889
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602
 
Parks Office
Walkway State Park Office
87 Haviland Road
Highland, NY 12528
845-834-2867
Office hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
GPS Addresses (please see links to Google maps at right):
Highland Entrance
87 Haviland Road
Highland, NY 12528

Poughkeepsie Entrance
61 Parker Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Washington Street Stairs approximate address
130 Washington St
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a linear walkway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The park is managed and maintained by NYS Parks – Taconic Region. Walkway State Park officially opened to the public on Saturday, October 3, 2009.

Walkway State Park is open year-round, weather conditions permitting (closed in the event of lightning or ice).

View Greater Walkway Map 

Accessibility
There are handicap designated parking spaces available on both ends of the bridge. The Walkway is wheelchair accessible and motorized scooters or other power-assisted mobility devices are allowed (for the handicapped only). There are no equipment rentals on site.

Uses
The Park offers a wide variety of day-use activities:

  • Audio-Visual programs
  • Bike riding
  • Bird watching
  • Dog walking
  • Jogging
  • Roller skating, in-line skating
  • Picnicking
  • River traffic observation
  • Scenic Views
  • Self-guided tours
  • Train spotting
  • Walking

No skateboards, ripstiks or motorized vehicles are allowed.

Amenities

  • There are picnic tables at both bridge approaches.
  • There are benches at each of the bridge's three scenic overlooks.
  • Rest rooms are available at either end of the bridge.
  • Bike racks are available at both bridge approaches. Food and Beverage Concessionaires are also available at both approaches.
  • The park offers interpretive signs at the bridge’s approach as well as along the railings. Select interpretive signs are linked to a free cell phone tour called, Talkway Over the Walkway.

This is a smoke and alcohol free park.

Pets

Household pets only; must be on a leash not more that 6 feet long.

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