For the second consecutive year, the readers of Hudson Valley Magazine have declared Walkway Over the Hudson to be the region’s Best Rail/Bike Trail, according to the results of the annual “Best of the Hudson Valley” voting.
This one-of-a-kind park, also the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge at 1.28 miles across, stands 212 feet above the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York and is visited by more than 600,000 people per year. The Walkway provides unique access to the Hudson River’s breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. Supported by a diverse coalition of members, donors, and corporate sponsors, the bridge frequently hosts community events and fundraisers, and is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset, weather permitting.
The Walkway is also the “great connector” between the 14-mile William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail on the east side of the Hudson River and the four-mile Hudson Valley Rail Trail on the west. This unique 18-mile stretch of trail, with various options including the Walkway Loop Trail across the Mid-Hudson Bridge, was inducted into the Rail Trail Hall of Fame in 2016. It is an integral link in the 750-mile Empire State Trail spanning New York.
To see all of the 2020 Best of the Hudson Valley winners, visit hvmag.com.