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Looking south from atop the Walkway Over the Hudson, with the Mid-Hudson Bridge in the distance.

 

About the Author

Ben Keene is the author of Best Hikes Near New York City. His work has appeared in DRAFT Magazine, Time Out New York, Wend, The Village Voice and Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia. He wrote about the Cape Cod Rail Trail in the Fall 2010 issue of Rails to Trails.
 

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.

Read the complete article by Ben Keene online:

 Destination: New York (PDF/1.25MB)

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