Beyond New Paltz: Walkway Over the Hudson

Name: Walkway Over The Hudson

Location: 87 Haviland Rd., Highland, NY 12528 

Phone number: 845-834-2867 

Description: Walkway Over The Hudson is a pedestrian path and a historic state park over the Hudson River on a former rail corridor. The bridge deck is 1.28 miles long, making this park the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. As you stand 212 feet above the Hudson River, you’ll notice right away the breathtaking scenery and tranquility of your surroundings. Especially in the fall, one can find peace in seeing the array of trees with their bright colors of orange and yellow in the distance, and feel time slowly slip away as you get lost watching the boats travel up and down the river. 

Why Go: This state park has a welcoming atmosphere for runners or cyclists, scenic location for artsy pictures and is just a great opportunity to get outdoors and breathe fresh air. You don’t need to be a jogger or hiker to enjoy this destination, and there is no park entrance fee. In case that’s not enough to convince you, on Saturday, Nov. 29 Santa will be on the walkway from noon to 3 p.m. for photo opportunities and holiday fun.

How to Get There: The easiest way to get there is by car. Route 9W will take you to Haviland Road. If you don’t have a car, catch a bus to the Poughkeepsie Train Station and walk just under a mile to the park from there!

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