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Walkway over the Hudson

November 16, 2009

Similar to the Highline, the Walkway over the Hudson just recently opened last month and is a state historic park centered on the restoration of a historic railway bridge in the Hudson Valley. The not-for-profit organization behind the restoration was founded in 1992 with the mission to connect people with the beauty of the Hudson Valley and support the railway system (Metro North and Amtrak) that runs along the river.The first cornerstone of the bridge was laid in 1873 and the bridge opened for use in 1889 as the longest bridge in the world! Throughout WWII, the bridge carried troops to be shipped overseas and at its height, 3,500 train cars crossed the bridge daily. However, in 1974, a fire damaged the tracks and ended its use. In 1992, Walkway over the Hudson started advocating to connect the bridge to various rail trails in the Hudson Valley and now the dream has finally been achieved. An amazing video about the history of the bridge with original footage is viewable here.

The park hours are 7:00 a.m. until sunset (check local paper for times). An informative map of the park and the surrounding rail trail is available in PDF here. I also hear that a restaurant is opening right near the park and will have beautiful river views. The restaurant is called Crave Restaurant and Lounge and their website is here.

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  1. eex permalink
    November 19, 2009 2:30 pm

    Another nice restaurant/bar in the area is Mariner’s, which is located in Highland along the river and has a nice view of the bridge. While they are not 21st century enough to have a website, here is their address 46 River Rd, Highland, NY. (845) 691-6011.

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