Specialty Walk #1 – Walkway Over the Hudson: Friday, October 23, 2015

Just because I’ve finished walking Bay Ridge doesn’t mean that I’m finished walking!  I plan to continue with a series of “Specialty Walks” – walks that make New York (city and state) the great place that it is.

Today Roxy and I tackled the Walkway Over The Hudson, a 1.28 mile walkway (bridge) that connects Highland to Poughkeepsie.  Before it became the Walkway, is was the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge.  It opened to rail traffic in 1888 and was a key transportation hub linking western raw materials to the eastern industrial centers.  A fire in 1974 severely damaged the bridge.

The Walkway Over The Hudson opened in October 2009.  At 212 feet above the Hudson River, there are amazing views of the river as well as the surrounding mountains.

I didn’t have a lot of information before we started out, so I was concerned about how easy it was to get to and how “dog friendly” the park is.  Rest assured it was both very easy to find and dog friendly all the way!

It’s a quick 10-15 minute drive from exit 18 on the Thruway.  There is parking at the Walkway.  However, it’s a $5 fee – cash only – with the cash being folded a certain way and stuffed into little slots.  No change could be given.  I asked around for a bit to see if anyone had change.  No one did.  But one really nice gentleman said that you could either park along the road or in the lot “next door” for free.  “Next door” being the “Rail Trail” lot.  Terrific!  Free is good.  No change required.  So we parked and were immediately met with the splendor of fall

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I miss the Hudson Valley in the fall.  Today’s visit took care of that!  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such vibrant color.

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After going through a little park/parking lot type area (complete with food trucks and porta-potties) you continue onward and can see the walkway ahead of you.  To your south you see the Mid-Hudson Bridge

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To the north you see the Catskill Mountains in the distance

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OK, they’re WAY in the distance.  Hard to see in the picture.

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another view to the south

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another view to the north

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The above is the west bank of the river (Highland)

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And then some great trees on the east bank of the river (Poughkeepsie)

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Both of the above shots are taken from the east side looking west.

On the left is a picture of the current Walkway.  On the right is a shot of the original steel underneath the Walkway.

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Now headed back to the west bank (Highland) there are some great hills and beautiful shots of fall

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It was a gorgeous day for this walk.  The weather was nice – a breezy day translated to gale force winds on the walkway.  The sun was shining.  Roxy was happy to be in the country.  It couldn’t have been a better day.  I highly recommend this walk to everyone!

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