New York

Walkway Over the Hudson

The 1888 Poughkeepsie-Highland railroad bridge has been re-engineered for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities to enjoy the scenic view 212 feet above the Hudson River.

photo: Celebration opening the old railroad bridge as a trail

Length: 1.25 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating

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Location: City of Poughkeepsie & Town of Lloyd on the Hudson River
State(s): New York
Counties: Ulster & Dutchess Counties
Longitude: -73.94
Latitude: 41.71057

Driving Directions

High level-bridge at Poughkeepsie connects W to Lloyd just N of Mid-Hudson highway bridge.


The Walkway Over the Hudson is the new incarnation of the historic Poughkeepsie-Highland railroad bridge. When first built in 1889, it was the second longest bridge in the world. Walkway is the world's newest and longest bicycle-pedestrian bridge, and New York State's newest State Park.

The bridge is 6,767 feet long (1.25 miles). The top of the bridge deck is 212 feet above the water. Its concrete deck is 24 feet wide over land, expanding to 34 feet at 3 viewing platforms over the Hudson River. Glass windows in the deck provide views downward to the bridge structure and Hudson River below. It is a world-class, close-to-home rail-trail that transforms a resource that history provided into a flagship for 21st-century health, recreation and tourism.

The reconstruction of Walkway Over the Hudson is a Legacy Project of New York State's Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. Walkway was open to the public on a regular event basis until deck reconstruction began in May 2008. Officially opened to unrestricted public access as a linear park under State Park management on October 2, 2009, the State's Quadricentennial celebration, attended by the Governor, a wide variety of Federal, State and local officials, and thousands of members of the public.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Concrete
Secondary Surface: Concrete

Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 212
Elevation High Point: 212
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: American Trails Featured NRT

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Jayne McLaughlin
Taconic Regional Director
NYS OPRHP, Taconic Region
PO Box 308
New York, NY 12580
(845) 889-4100
[email protected]

Information Contact:
Fred Schaeffer
NYS OPRHP, Taconic Region
PO BOX 308
New York, NY 12580
(845) 889-4100



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