Looking south from atop the Walkway Over the Hudson, with the Mid-Hudson Bridge in the distance.
Destination: Walkway Over the Hudson & Hudson Valley Rail Trail, New York
by Ben Keene
aking your way across the railroad trestle at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., you can almost hear the rumble of the locomotives that once crossed the river here. Nearly 125 years after carrying the first Pennsylvania coal train over the Hudson River, the bridge reopened in October 2009 as a recreation destination for walkers and cyclists.
More than 800,000 people have come to the park to experience the extraordinary view of the river valley, the technological wonder of the bridge and the past that comes to life. Indeed, the site is historic in many ways. The world's longest elevated park—6,678 feet—and the nation's sole surviving cantilever truss bridge, the great steel structure was literally created from the ashes of a New York landmark.
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