Originally Posted 11:10 PM, June 30, 2016, by Jim Altman


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — It is billed as the longest pedestrian bridge in the world, and the views off either side of the Walkway Over the Hudson don’t disappoint.

Formerly a railroad bridge, the 1.25-mile long expanse is 212 feet above a majestic stretch of the Hudson, and perfect for taking in the scenery.

“You can really see 360 degrees when you are at the center of the bridge,” said Zach Diaz, a supervisor at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park.

Walking, biking, and in-line skaters roll on over the walkway, which was built 1888.

“Originally this was called the ‘Great Connector,'” said Eric Hoppe the park manager. “I think it’s still connecting people and communities.”

For those who want to get the lay of the land from sea level, the Shadows One Speed Boat offers exhilarating rides along the river and leaves from the nearby Shadows Restaurant Marina. The boat, a Sea Rocket, splashes with a bright array of fluorescent colors, has about 700 horsepower and promises the fastest way around the area.

Hoppe added, “There is a lot to do here in the Hudson Valley and we are centrally located. We welcome everyone to the Walkway.”

For more info about the Walkway Over the Hudson and the state park click here.

For info about riding the Shadows One speedboat click here.

For info on bike rentals along the Duchess Rail Trail click here.