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Walk across the Hudson at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

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Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever visited a place and immediately fell in love & felt its magic? That’s how I felt when I was able to walk across the Hudson at ‘The Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park’.

Don’t get me wrong. I am deathly afraid of heights, but I felt unusually at ease during my first visit to the Walkway.

The vision that it took to create something that once was a train track into a pedestrian walkway is amazing.

It’s astonishing to know that we have access to the ‘World’s Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge’ is impressive.

The Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park

Visiting the Walkway over the Hudson

VISITING HOURS:
Open 365 days a year, including holidays.
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
ADMISSION:
Free
WEBSITE:
Walkway.org

Where is The Walkway Over The Hudson Located?

The Walkway Over the Hudson is part of the ‘Hudson Valley Rail Trail’ and runs over the Hudson River connecting Ulster County (in Highland, NY) to Dutchess County (in Poughkeepsie, NY).

When first arriving at the Walkway, it is fascinating and makes you wonder how they built this space.

The size of it is incredible, the views are spectacular and I always get giddy, during each visit, at the thought that I am actually walking over the Hudson River! 

Entrance sign at the Walkway over the Hudson State Park

According to their Website: 

“Since opening in October 2009, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park has improved the quality of life in the Hudson Valley and is making significant, positive contributions to the local and regional economy. It is open year-round, offering programs, events, and tours made possible through membership and donations to the Walkway organization.” 

How is it possible to walk across the Hudson?

To be fair, you are actually walking ‘over’ the Hudson and not ‘across’, but who is really going to get uptight about the wording?

All-in-all, the experience is like no other.

Girls walking along the Walkway over the Hudson

Like I said before, The Walkway is the World’s Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge. The combination of being so high up and the view of the surrounding scenery are only a few things that make this place so special.

Think about it… Where else can you go and walk across the HUDSON RIVER?!?! It’s truly amazing.

Is the Walkway Free?

Yes, it is absolutely free and, best of all, open every day of the year.

the view as you walk across the Hudson

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Walkway over the Hudson Parking Info:

There is parking on either side of the Walkway over the Hudson.

There is a parking lot on the Ulster County Side (in Highland, NY). Parking there is Free.

There is also a parking lot on the Dutchess County, NY Side (in Poughkeepsie, NY). Metered parking is available.

Flags on the Walkway over the Hudson

How to best experience the feeling of a walk across the Hudson River

When visiting, we typically start our walks on the Ulster County side in Highland, NY.

We park the car and begin our walk, partially on the Rail Trail until we get to the gated entrance of the Walkway itself.

Bench on the Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park

We love being able to get outdoors, take a nice walk and look at the spectacular views along the way. 

The Walkway Over the Hudson evokes a sense of calm, but yet, it energizes you. I’m not sure if it’s the fresh air, the views, or the sense that you are walking along a historic and unparalleled structure that was originally a railroad, but the who experience is extraordinary.

How long does it take to walk across the Hudson River at the Walkway?

There are several answers to this question:

Since the Walkway spans a little more than 1 1/4 miles each way and approximately 3 miles round trip, it all depends if you want to walk, jog, run, bike, etc.

Also, there are several stops along the Walkway with information about the area and animals native to the area, about the construction of the Walkway, donation plaques, binocular-type viewfinders, and benches, that can slow your walk or run.

Father taking picture of son on the Walkway on the Hudson

Are dogs allowed on the Walkway over the Hudson?

Yes! The Walkway is a wonderful place to take a stroll, walk or run with your dog.

Although the Walkway welcomes leashed dogs, please keep in mind that the majority of the Walkway is not shaded and the pavement can get brutally hot for your pet.

Caution signs are typically posted on either entrance of the Walkway with the approximate pavement temperature.


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What is there to do during your walk across the Hudson?

  • Exercise
  • People Watch
  • Puppy/dog watch
  • Take the Walkway Elevator (Seasonal)
  • Gaze at the views from up and down the Hudson River

Movies Under the Walkway Over the Hudson
(Summer Event only)

Upper Landing Park and the Walkway over the Hudson hosts “Movies Under the Walkway Over the Hudson” during the summer months.

Sign advertising the Movies Under the Walkway Summer Events

The organization sets aside five evenings during the summer to screen family-friendly movies, free to the public. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy a great movie with a spectacular view. 

It is a great way to spend a summer evening with your family. Free and Fun – that’s a Win-Win!

Watching a movie under the Walkway awakens a feeling of nostalgia.

It strengthens the feeling and sense of community and takes you back to a simpler time when children played outside and watched movies with their families.

The sign at Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie, NY

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Sitting in a bench overlooking the Hudson River from the Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park

What others are saying about the Walkway over the Hudson:

According to Tripadvisor, people are saying the following great things about the Walkway over the Hudson:

“Great views. Nice walk. Parking is available nearby. Follow your walk with a visit to one of the nearby restaurants, especially on the Poughkeepsie side.”

“Great views of the Hudson. You can walk/bike/run from New Paltz, across the Walkway, and down to Hopewell Junction, geocaching along the way!”

Sunset from Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie, NY

A FEW THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING THE WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON:
>This place is perfect for anyone/ everyone to visit: Families, Singles, Couples, etc.

>Cost: Walkway Over the Hudson is always Free (there is a donation box on the Walkway and they are happy to accept any donations to help keep this great place running smoothly)

>Parking (Ulster County): Free on the Ulster County Side (Highland, NY)

>Parking (Dutchess County): NOT FREE on the Dutchess County side (Poughkeepsie, NY)

>Portable bathrooms available for use

>There are vending machines offering drink options on either side of the Walkway

>There have been food/ice cream trucks during my visits (Mostly on weekends)

>Days Open/Hours: The Walkway over the Hudson is open from Dawn to Dusk, Year-Round

>The Walkway over the Hudson is dog-friendly, but keep in mind that the pavement gets very hot during the summer months and can be harmful to their paws

For more things to do in Dutchess County, check out:
My Guide to Dutchess County, NY.


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The Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park in Dutchess County, NY
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Jackie is the HV blogger behind Hudson Valley Exposed, featuring the hottest things to do, places to see and weekend getaways. Get information from a local who is seeing it all! She lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region with her hubby, kids, and doggies.

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